Q: If elected, what are the measures you will propose in order to address these issues?
A: We will cooperate with the mayor and other individuals who are vigorously working on finding companies to locate here and continue to help those businesses that seek to expand and add jobs.
Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?
Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?
A: I would be open to suggestions from the mayor and the Finance Committee about cutting the budget. I could vote for budget cuts and have in the past supported the Mayor in those decisions.
Q: What do you believe is the public’s role in city government and city council?
A: The public is welcome to attend council meetings and to participate in the meetings.
Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?
A: If the question is about size of the council, I have voted in the past to reduce the number. I believe the citizens have an obligation to participate in the role of government. Vote. Volunteer. Run for office. Increasing the participation gives more voice for the people.
Q: Would you be in favor of reducing the number of council members? If so, would you favor a seven or nine-member council?
A: See previous answer.
Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?
A: I would like some input from the public on this issue. Right now, I believe I would favor districting.
Q: What is the role of a city council member in conducting city business?
A: The role of the city council is setting legislative policy of government. Not in supervisory capacity over the city employees.