Republican candidate for District 3
1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I have served this community
as the City Councillor for the past five years.
During this time, we have made significant progress in my district and as a
city. As a community, we have drastically improved the quality of the
streets and sidewalks in district. Additionally, we have strategically
invested in new economic development projects aimed at addressing community
needs, such as the development of a mixed use parking facility in Broad
Ripple. Also the incidents of crime have dropped every year I have been a
Councillor. As the previous Chairman of the
Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee and as the current President of
the Council I bring significant experience and a proven record of delivering on
2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
The community most needs a
Mayor and Council dedicated to facilitating the community's vision. Over
the past four years the Mayor has challenged neighborhoods organization and
community organizations to develop and/or promote their vision for their
communities. The process has led to significant improvements in the
quality of life of our neighborhoods parks and infrastructure. That
process, however, is just beginning and the community needs the consistent
support and dedication to their vision.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the
The Mayor's proposed budget
sustains public safety funding levels, sustains city support for the arts and
incorporates all of the contemplated infrastructure improvements. The
budget does not contemplate a tax increase and recognizes the need to spend
within existing revenues in this tough economy. The Council will make
amendments to the proposed budget as it does every year. I plan to
support the budget as amended.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I support a smoking ban with
exceptions for only tobacco specialty shops (defined as an establishment whose
sale of tobacco constitute greater than 50% of all sales) and private
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Yes and the budget contemplates hiring a new recruit class.
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
I support a public referendum
on increased funding for mass transit.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district
are in good shape?
We have significantly improved
many of the streets and sidewalks in our area. There are, however, many
streets and sidewalks which still need attention. The monies generated
from the transfer of the water and waste water company to Citizen's Energy
Group should continue to be used to fund these improvements.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.
The community, through its
envisioning process, has developed plans for the revitalization of the canal in
Broad Ripple. I believe this project would be the most beneficial in
terms of economic development, increased tax base and strengthening of our
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
What is the state of your
community compared to four years ago?