District 4 Democrat candidate
1) What do you offer as a candidate?
My wife and I have two daughters and someday they will need to decide whether
they want to stay in Indianapolis or find their future elsewhere - I want to be
a public servant so that when that day comes, our children will know that
Indianapolis is the place to call home for their families. Having had a
career working on economic and community development issues, I have a duty to
make sure our City-County Council understands the challenges they are faced
with, as well as, the know-how to solve these challenges for our community.
2) What does your district most need
from the City Council?
Honest Leadership. Too many decisions at City Hall are made without working
with the people who are most affected by these decision. We need elected
officials who are accountable to the people and can empower our neighborhoods
with the tools to develop, maintain, and control their own communities.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012
budget proposed by the mayor?
Politicians too often think a budget is either about raising taxes or cutting
services. The budget needs to include proposals for new revenue streams
that support existing and new services. By investing in early childhood
education, we significantly increase the likelihood that kids will graduate and
find good jobs, and will not need welfare services. By establishing
self-funding microloan programs, we help small businesses hire local workers.
By turning vacant lots into neighborhood pocket-parks, we increase the
collective value of surrounding property thereby lowering the tax rate for
those properties and provide a place for our kids to play. We need
leaders who understand economic development and how to create jobs.
4) What is your position on a
comprehensive smoking ban?
Support. Of the largest 25 cities in the nation,
Indianapolis is one of the few that does not have a comprehensive smoking ban -
we need leadership that is not out of touch with our community. My
opponent voted against the smoking ban ordinance.
5) Do you think the city needs more
Yes. The more IMPD officers in the streets and in
the neighborhoods, the better. Bureaucratic inefficiencies must be
removed to find cost savings to support officers directly involved in
neighborhood public safety.
6) Do you support increased funding for
Yes. We need a public transit system that connects us to our jobs and to each
other - this is an economic and community development issue that affects the
quality of life in Indianapolis.
7) Do you think the streets and
sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
No. District 4 has a patchwork of sidewalks and only select areas are getting
new blacktop this election year that will ultimately need to be replaced in 7-8
years. We need a comprehensive community development plan that connects
our neighborhoods to our schools, libraries, business areas and each other.
We need City-County Councilors who are accountable, accessible and can
get the job done.
8) Name one project that would most
benefit your district.
Many residents in District 4, including my family, are still on the septic
system and have no idea when or if they will be ever be
connected. Many neighborhoods, including my own, suffer from horrible
drainage and sewage system problems. We need a comprehensive
neighbor-by-neighborhood plan that is shared with neighborhoods so that they
know when these problems will be fixed.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
What unique solution would you propose if
elected to the City-County Council?
Answer: Go to my website www.kostas4council.com and sign-up for our emails that
explain how we will establish microloan programs for small businesses, how we
will turn empty vacant lots into neighborhood pocket-parks, and how we will
fund our arts community through economic development growth.