1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I am a life-long Indianapolis resident and am very excited
to have had the opportunity to give back to my community by serving on the
City-County Council. My experiences as a small business owner, active volunteer
in the community and schools, I think that I offer the ability to be a good
citizen watchdog over our city-county government.
2) What does your district most need from the City
Lawrence Township like most areas of the city needs a lot
of infrastructure upgrades and improvements. Abandoned houses which are not
repairable need to come down and crumbling streets and sidewalks must continue
to be repaired. I plan to continue to direct as much assistance to District #12
neighborhoods as possible.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by
I am very pleased to have the fourth honestly balanced
budget in a row to consider during this Fall's budget hearings. I support the
across the board reductions in government funding to make our city work more
efficiently and cost effectively.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking
Indianapolis has a very good smoking ban in place at this
time which covers 95% of all businesses and public facilities. I would not
support forcing private clubs such as Veterans groups, V.F.W. lodges, etc. to
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
There is always a need to add feet on the ground with
regard to our police forces, and support the addition of a recruit class as
soon as possible.
6) Do you support increased funding for public
Indianapolis must find a way to upgrade it's public
transit system. Shared efficiencies such as the incorporation of using Public
School buses to increase routes and access is one option being considered. A public
referendum would most likely be necessary to obtain a major increase in funding
for a long-term solution.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in
your district are in good shape?
Street and sidewalk conditions vary greatly from area to
area in District #12. They are in good shape in some neighborhoods and not so
good in others. I am working to see that as much funding as possible is
directed into Lawrence Township to improve our infrastructure.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your
A major upgrade of the area along Post Road from 38th
Street - connecting up to the Fort Harrison area at 56th Street would most
definitely benefit the residents of Lawrence Township. This area can become a
gateway from the I-70 interstate area up to the Fort, bringing new business and
growing neighborhoods to our area.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
Maybe just what committees and assignments I have on the
I serve as Majority Leader and Chair the Rules and Public
Policy Committee and serve on the Committee on Committee, Economic Development
Committee and Criminal Justice Committee. Thanks to the staff and readers of
Nuvo for asking me about the 2011 campaign!