candidate for District 1


do you offer as a candidate?


have been a resident of Indiana since 1996 and a resident of Indianapolis since

2005. I have a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications and Networking from

Purdue University, as well as an Associate of Science in Organizational

Leadership and Supervision. I currently work for a large technology company,

headquartered right here in Indianapolis (and in District 1). I lead a team of

engineers that focuses on deploying systems for new and existing customers.


my role as an infrastructure manager, I'm used to working on multimillion

dollar projects and working hard to keep them on budget and on time. With my

engineering background, I'm used to taking an analytical approach to problems

and coming up with logical, workable solutions. As a student of history, I am

quite familiar with the results of governments that end up believing they are

not accountable to the people that elect them to office.


am not interested in playing the political game to win my party the most

"points" or to fill my campaign's coffers with donations. My goal is

provide the best government I can to the people of Indianapolis and work to

resolve the very real issues that are facing us. Too often politicians practice

political scapegoatism, trying to shift focus on to

side issues to avoid dealing with the tough problems in front of them

(particularly if those problems would put them at odds with some of the special

interests they are beholden to). However, as I am running a self-funded

campaign, the only interests I am beholden to are those of voters of my

district and the citizens of Indianapolis as a whole.


does your district most need from the City Council?


would say honestly that what my district mostly needs is for the government to

stay out of their way.


you look at what has been happening in the city for the past 10 years or so,

while we've seen two recessions and other major issues, we've had a city

council and mayors from both parties who've thought that we should spend nearly

three-quarters of a billion dollars on a sports stadium, the majority of the

revenue for which goes to a private entity (in fact, the Capital Improvement

Board has been running substantial deficits due to the stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse). Proponents say that the facilities provide

thousands of jobs to the city, but if you run the numbers it appears to cost

over a hundred thousand dollars of tax payer money per job created (that's just

to create a job, not pay for one). I think it is pretty obvious that we could

find much better investment opportunities inside Marion county

that would help create sustainable job growth at a much lower cost to the tax

payer. While the facilities are very nice and I'm sure it played a big part of

the reason in why Indianapolis was chosen as the site for the Super Bowl, the

amount of money spent cannot be justified.


is only one example (though a very large one) of how our city government has

been allocating tax payer money to benefit special interests rather than to the

general interests of citizens.


your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?


Ballard says he is cognizant of the dire financial straits we find ourselves

in. He acknowledges that revenue is going to be extremely tight (and much lower

than it has been in previous years). While his budget does make an effort

toward making real cuts (and his proposed budget is showing a 9% reduction over

last year), I don't think it goes far enough. I'd like to some deeper cuts and

more efforts reducing waste. One big place I still a lot of room to improve is

in our public safety budgets. Even after the consolidation, we spent nearly

$200 million dollars on IMPD last year and another $105 million on the Marion

County Sheriff's department. You can't tell me that we can't find room to make

cuts in that.


is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?


am heavily against it. Businesses and consumers are completely capable of

handling this issue on their own. Each business can choose whether to be

smoking or non-smoking. Then consumers can decide with their dollars which they

prefer. If there is a large enough demand for non-smoking venues, then more and

more businesses will provide non-smoking venues (or non-smoking areas within

smoking venues). Personally, I really don't like the smell of cigarette smoke

and I certainly don't like getting the smell into my clothes. But since I don't

care for that, I simply don't visit establishments where I'll have to deal with

it. That is my choice as a consumer.


you think the city needs more police officers?


In fact, I'd say we probably spend too much on public safety, as I mentioned in

my earlier reply. What we need is a new policing strategy, one that doesn't

place so much focus on minor offenses that, while padding the arrest numbers

and making politicians look good, don't really do anything to actually enhance

the safety of the public. For example, pretty typically around election time,

we see an increase in sting operations around prostitution and drug usage. What

this results in (other than headlines in the media show how tough Mayor XYZ is

on crime) is a large number of arrests of very low level criminals, large

expenditures of polices resources and time, and no net

benefit to the city. Meanwhile, we still have violent crimes to deal with.


you support increased funding for public transit?


Even while ridership is up on IndyGo, we are still

looking at budget shortfalls, which mean it is not even coming close to being

able to pay for itself. I would much rather see the city partnering with

private enterprise (or many private enterprise) to come up with some more

creative solutions to the issues of public transit. Indianapolis is a pretty

difficult city for public transit. We have a very large area with a spread out

population. Most of the conventional public transit systems (buses and light

rail) are just not going to be even remotely cost effective. We need innovation

to help us provide the transportation people need and at the same time not

drain money from the tax payers' pockets.

7.Do you

think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?


the most part yes, though last winter was pretty brutal. We saw (like the rest

of the city) extensive damage to our streets and this winter is looking like it

might be pretty bad as well. That's why I'd like to see deeper cuts in

spending, so we are ready to repair our infrastructure and keep in good shape.


one project that would most benefit your district.


I think the best thing the city could do is stop spending money. Sure, there

are going to be all sorts of projects here and there that might benefit the

residents of District 1, but the real question is, "Who is going to pay for it?". What I think the residents of my district could really

use is a reduction in their property and income taxes. That would benefit them

more than some make-work projects that provide a few temporary jobs that

disappear down the road (and conveniently after the election is over).


question do you wish we'd asked?


do you see as the proper role of the government in people's everyday lives?" I

think that one question and generally sum up where a candidate stands on most

issues. Personally, I believe that the government should have as small an

impact as possible on the citizenry. Rather than enacting ordinance after

ordinance that creates a maze of regulation, making it tougher for businesses

to flourish in our city, I'd rather see a government that is dedicated to maintaining

a police force that protects people from being harmed by others (but otherwise

leaves them alone), maintaining the communal infrastructure to allow us to move

around freely, and that's about it.


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