Republican Candidate, District 7
do you offer as a candidate?
I am a community focused results driven person meaning that I care
about the needs of the community and will focus on prioritizing those needs and
wants and working with others in City government to deliver practical
solutions. I am open-minded, willing to listen to all sides, and want to do
what is right for the community.
I have always been involved in my community and have participated in
organizations that include the Pike Township Residents Association, The
Lafayette Square Area Coalition, and The Gateway Neighborhood Association. I
have also volunteered for groups that focus on youth including the ACE Mentor
Program, The National Society of Black Engineers, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I started a nonprofit program to teach inner-city youth life-skills and
character building through the use of horses.
I am also a small business owner that understands the challenges we
face as a City when our country is in one of the worst financial crises it has
ever faced. I will vote to support initiatives that leverage City dollars to
bring private development to the City. This will create more projects for local
companies and more jobs for local workers.
does your district most need from the City Council?
District 7 residents want someone to advocate for resources, dollars, projects,
and jobs to be allocated to this area. They want a councilor who will vote for these
things and help direct them to the area. We need a councilor who will take the time
to listen to regular residents (versus political insiders) and be engaged with
them for the entire term; not just during the election year. District 7 needs a
representative who will work across party lines and advocate for the area regardless
of whether their party holds the Mayor's office.
your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
I think the
budget is responsible. It preserves public safety but recognizes that government
needs to make the same sacrifices that citizens are making in terms of prioritizing
available dollars and cutting spending.
is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I am a
non-smoker and appreciate greatly the opportunity to choose to patronize venues
that don't permit smoking. I believe it is imperative that we protect youth
under the age of 18, who often cannot make decisions for themselves, from the
dangers of second-hand smoke.
However, I also
believe an adult should have the right to establish a legal business that
involves a legal product even if I personally don't like the product. Adults
can make decisions that are right for their lives. I like to horseback ride and
started a program sharing that passion with others. Some people are scared of
horse and think they are "dangerous." Should I be forbidden from establishing
my American Dream - No. If I advertise for employees
and someone chooses to apply and accept an offer then that is that person's
right. Should we not have police officers because the job has inherent dangers?
What about skydiving or working with large animals at the zoo?
The point is
that people choose their career and it is not for government to try to make every
decision for an individual. I think that government would be far more effective
in protecting workers by establishing appropriate regulations like better
you think the city needs more police officers?
Of course we
would always like to have more police officers. They are a vital part of our public
safety plan as are preventative measures like after-school programs and most importantly
parent engagement. Honestly, if we had more of the latter we would not need so
many officers in the first place. That being said I think that the City is
doing a decent job of balancing many priorities. Based on the residents I have
talked to I don't believe there is enough support for raising taxes to have
more police on the streets. Therefore, I think that the City has to do what it
can to maintain the public safety budget during these difficult economic times.
Overall crime is down, except in one area.
We should to
continue to evaluate the efforts being made and maintain the things that are
working well like community policing and broad coverage of all zones and then
focus in on the problem areas.
you support increased funding for public transit?
I think a much
improved public transit system will be important to the future of Indianapolis.
I think it will be important to improving the livability of the City making it more
attractive to talented young people and to businesses; reducing traffic
congestion as we continue to grow; and making Indy a more environmentally
friendly and sustainable city. The plan that current City leaders are working
on also focuses on generating a reasonable financial return on the investment
which is key to keeping taxes low and our budgets
balanced. I am glad that so much effort is being spent to engage residents in
this process; incorporate their feedback; and develop a comprehensive plan that
the majority of the community can support. This approach will make it more
likely for a county-wide referendum to pass.
you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
Last April, as
the weather turned, the City in general, our district included, had so many potholes
in the streets that it was impossible to drive down the street without swerving
left to right and back again to avoid them. After years of neglect and
insufficient funding to do more than just patch holes that open up year after
year, Mayor Ballard and his team negotiated an incredible deal for the citizens that generates $425M in infrastructure projects.
Today, we have resurfaced roads on High School Road, 30thStreet,
Guion Road, 38th Street, and
Lafayette Road to name a few. Sidewalks are being put in along the highest
priority routes such as 38th Street so residents so not have to walk in the street or wait for the
bus in the ditch.
The amount of
improvements to the City has never before been done at this scale. While there
is certainly more work to do-- more sidewalks to be built, more roads to be
repaired, and more ponding to be eased--I applaud the
attention this important quality of life issue has been given and appreciate the
effort that has been made.
one project that would most benefit your district.
The east end of
Gateway Drive is pretty rough. There is also a bridge/culvert on Moller Road just south of 30th Street
that appears to be beyond patching. I would also like to see sidewalks on Moller Road between 38th Street and Moller Way and on 46th Street from High
School Road to Lafayette Road.
question do you wish we'd asked?
How will you
stay connected to the community?
I have a website up that explains in
detail who I am and what I am about. I also have twitter and facebook accounts that are open to all. I post information
there regularly about what I am doing and I will continue to do that during the
entire time I serve. I also have a weekly e-mail blast that has information on
what is going on in the District and the City and includes information that is
important to residents like job openings and, if I am elected, issues that are
up for vote. I will also attend homeowner association and neighborhood
meetings- and not just the ones that are politically active. Constituents will
not just hear from me during the election cycle.