1) What do you offer as a candidate?
The experience of having lived and worked in District 15
for almost two decades of my life. I spent my formative years in the district and
returned to it to live, work in, and raise my family. Having lived on both the east and
west sides of the river I appreciate the great richness of diversity –
economic, social, ethnic - which exists in District 15 and have an understanding of the dynamics of its neighborhoods. I know what parts of the district felt like
when they had many more long-time residents and home owners, de facto
caretakers of the neighborhoods, and the level of stability that provided
our neighborhoods and so I have a vision for what our district can be again.
In the tough economic climate we face today jobs and job
creation are our highest priorities, and small businesses are the major
generators of those jobs in our communities. As a small business owner I understand and have experienced the challenges facing our small businesses today. I know what it is like every morning to open the doors of a small business and to
venture out in pursuit of opportunities for growth and hiring. I have founded and
grown two successful small companies, hired employees, met a payroll and
learned how to face a headwind of a tough economy and weather the shocks of
changing financial times. Because of these experiences I know what is needed
to give our small businesses the incentive and the confidence to open their
doors every morning, to locate in our neighborhoods, and to hire from within
As a candidate, what this provides is the knowledge and
experience to speak on behalf of the district's residents, neighborhoods and
small business owners in making decisions and helping to shape policy that together
affect our neighborhoods, our economy, and our collective sense of
2) What does your district most need from the City
Attention. Attention to its levels of unemployment, crime,
homelessness, and opportunity. My district needs a Council that uses its
collective wisdom to encourage more small businesses and business incubators to
commit to locate, stay, invest, train and hire from within some of its
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by
That it is not truly balanced nor does it take into
account the need for continued levels of funding for many neighborhood assets that are often the only resources within a community.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking
I believe in and support the benefits that come with a
comprehensive smoking ban. For the ban to be effective and fair to all business
owners, it must contain no exceptions. I will support such a ban.
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Yes, to be effective at public safety we must return to
community policing. To do so we must have more officers on the streets of our
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Yes, we must provide additional funds for more routes,
more green buses, and easier access across our city. For the green and
sustainable environment we seek ridership must go up. In order for it to go up it
must be convenient and destinations accessed as directly as possible.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district
are in good shape?
Some have been improved and others not. Parts of my
district have not been improved as fast as others, so time will tell.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your
Skills training incubators that combine training with the
opportunity to work and earn a living at the craft.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
Issues of homelessness and the ease of access to jobs for
all members of the community.