1). What do you offer as a candidate?
I have represented various constituencies in Districts 15
and 17 for 24 years. It has been an honor to work on behalf of the people
who live in those districts. Together we have made real progress in the
neighborhoods on the city's Eastside. We have worked on zoning
improvements within the districts, helped to establish crime watch block clubs,
supported our public safety officers, addressed infrastructure needs,
encouraged business development and opportunities, supported local businesses,
participated in community clean ups and helped to beautify the neighborhoods of
Warren/Center Townships. These are just some of the opportunities and
responsibilities of being a city councilor. The delivery of services to
my constituents is most important to me and certainly my work is not done as
there is more to do however I believe working with my constituents daily to
support their needs and the overall needs of the district qualify me for this
2). What does your district most need from the city
My district most needs economic development initiatives
that will locate businesses on the Eastside and create job opportunities for
those eastside residents who are unemployed or underemployed.
3). What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed
by the Mayor?
The 2012 budget proposed has significant cuts to many
city/county agency budgets. Negotiations are ongoing to attempt to
restore some funding cuts but city/county revenue reductions have created the
need for local government agencies to fund their budgets by relying more
heavily on agency established fee funds, grant dollars, etc than relying on the
county general fund. This can create real budget problems if those fee
fund accounts or grant dollars don't realize the anticipated and estimated
dollars intended to be generated. Our Mayor has had to obtain a $40
Million dollar reimbursement from the consolidated TIF (Tax Increment
Financing) district to shore up the 2012 budget. We have significant
4). What is your position on a comprehensive
I support it but understand there may be exemptions
5). Do you think the city should add more cops?
Yes, I believe the city should add more police officers
and I have supported past initiatives to do just that.
6). Do you support increased funding for public
Yes. I also support the opportunity for Marion County
residents to be able to vote by referendum on a regional public transit system.
7). Do you think the streets and sidewalks in
your district are in good shape?
Those streets that have already been resurfaced and those
sidewalks that have already been repaired and/or replaced are in good shape but
there are many neighborhoods with significant infrastructure challenges still
within the council district that I will continue to address as the council
8). Name one project that would most benefit your
Addressing the abandoned housing issue would most benefit
my district as there are a significant number of abandoned or vacant homes
within neighborhoods that are a haven for criminal activity and devalue the other
properties around them. The city should put in place a plan to tear down
those structures that are either uninhabitable or unsalvageable but also
partner with developers to rehab properties that will add value to
neighborhoods and contribute much needed property tax dollar revenues.