1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I have learned a great deal in my time as a Councilor
and have, and would continue to, put that to effective use regularly in service
to my District as a re-elected Councilor.
2) What does your district most need from the City
My District is greatly varied. However economic
development needs, infrastructure improvements and abandoned houses being
removed are consistent requests that I receive regularly.
Jobs are also needed and that need spans all segments
of my district. I host a Job Fair every year to address those needs as much as
possible. The focus is to have employers who have benefits, a good wage and the
opportunity for advancement for those who are willing to earn it.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed
by the mayor?
I am pleased to be part of establishing another
budget designed to deliver services without burdening my District's
already financially stressed tax payers further.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive
I have suffered the loss of a number of loved ones to
cancer---some from smoking related causes.
Having said that, I also feel strongly that our
country was built on freedoms. The current ordinance provides the freedom to
choose where to go to join or avoid smokers while protecting children from the
harmful effects of exposure to that smoke.
5) Do you think the city needs more police
For a city our size, more officers would be
beneficial and a recruit class is planned for 2012.
However, just hiring more people is only the first
step. Any experienced officer will tell you that new Police officers must
be trained and equipped and that requires comprehensive financial planning over
the long term, not just the limited years provided for by a COPS grant for the
benefits to our city to be realized. The City is moving in the right direction
and needs to have time to implement plans already in progress.
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Absolutely!! I have contended for many years that a
REGIONAL source of dedicated funding for mass transit is needed. That cannot be
realized in Marion County alone. We need the help of the State Legislature
to accomplish this project effectively.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your
district are in good shape?
Streets and sidewalks in District 14 are in MUCH
better shape generally than I have seen them in the 24 years I have lived here!
I compile lists regularly to request DPW to address more of them.
Having the ReBuild Indy fund available has been a
massive improvement and has enabled the District to see an enhancement to
infrastructure now and into the future.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your
Other than continued street and sidewalk
improvements- and addressing abandoned houses, getting Central State developed
would impact the dearth of jobs and new housing in the Haughville area and
bring enhanced amenities to the neighborhood.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
The process of interaction with constituents is a
question that does not often get addressed. I have found that if folks are
given the opportunity to express themselves and be heard, many good ideas are
I have quarterly Town Hall meetings and do E News
letters as needed to convey information that I feel is helpful to my
constituents. As a result, I get feed back that is insightful and helpful to
the community at large.