Ryan Vaughn

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

community needs.

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

cultural identity.

9) What question do you wish we'd asked?

What is the state of your

community compared to four years ago?