District 23 Candidate: Scott Coxey, Democrat

Scott Coxey, city county council, democratic candidate

1) What do you

offer as a candidate?

As a newcomer to

politics, I offer a fresh perspective. As a life long resident of Indianapolis' south side, I

am alarmed by the deterioration of public safety, public transportation and our


2) What does your

district most need from the City Council?

We need a

councilor that will work hard to improve the quality of life for residents of

District 23. I would work with

neighborhoods in the community to establish priorities. Similar to the rest of Marion County,

District 23 is coping with insufficient job creation and public safety. There are countless abandoned/closed

businesses that exacerbate these growing problems. Also, I would do everything within my power

to recruit and encourage business development in the district.

3) What's your

opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?


believe the Mayor's budget is misleading and far too top heavy. Further, many cuts to agency budgets are not

logically related to the stated goals of this administration. There are opportunities within every

organization to trim the fat.

Organizational structures should be streamlined to provide the best

possible services to constituents at the lowest tax burden. For instance, the

budget for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is woefully insufficient. Anyone who ever has visited IACC will tell

you that there is serious need for adequate funding. On the flip side, the budget for Public

Safety Administration is bloated and sapping vital resources from other agencies.


after spending time pouring over the Mayor's budget, one thing is clear- there

needs to be more transparency in the entire process. The budget for Office of Corporation Counsel

indicates a 72% decrease. But the actual

budget of the agency is now being supported by charge backs to other

agencies. Because it is difficult to

discern the amount of the individual charge backs, I am very concerned vital

services will suffer. It is a lot of

smoke and mirrors.

4) What is your

position on a comprehensive smoking ban?

I favor a

comprehensive smoking ban. People need

jobs. The time has come to stop forcing people to choose between personal

safety or feeding their families.

5) Do you think the

city should add more cops?

Without a

doubt. We need more police officers and

fewer bureaucrats.

6) Do you support

increased funding for public transit?

Yes. Public transportation has changed a lot in

the past 100 years - for the worse.

Public transportation is necessary to move our city forward.

7) Do you think the

streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?

In my district, the quality of

streets and sidewalks varies greatly.

Maintenance of streets and sidewalks in all areas must be a

priority. Further, there are many

neighborhoods without sidewalks, which increase risk of pedestrians (including

children) being struck by cars. I would

seek the passing of ordinances that require sidewalks whenever new roads are

built, and old roads are repaired or modified.

8) Name one project

that would most benefit your district.

Working with the

Mayor to create a partnership between the public schools and the city would

benefit district 23 the most. Providing

exceptional education will have the greatest impact on each and every

residents' quality of life. It serves as a useful tool in attracting and

retaining businesses and labor. It will also positively impact public safety.

9) What question do

you wish we'd asked?

How does your diet compare to that of the City's Mayor?









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