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?
doubt. We need more police officers and
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?