Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 3, 2012

Glasgow City Council Candidates Respond

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GLASGOW —

Q. Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public's role in government?

A. I believe there should be an increase in the public's role in government. One possible way to do this is by offering quarterly town hall meetings and giving our residents a chance to put forth ideas and concepts to improve the city. This would be a win-win for all involved. Glasgow, like most towns in America, can benefit from local government being more open, transparent and willing to listen to residents needs.

Q. Would you be in favor or reducing the number of council members? If so, would you favor a seven or nine member council?

A. I think the current number of council members is appropriate, however it needs to better represent the city's demographics. Over the past twenty years three things have happened. One, the population of Glasgow has increased; two, the city limits have expanded and population dispersed; and three, the infrastructure has aged. These factors require more attention in order to continue to keep the city moving forward in a positive manner.

Q. Would you be in favor of splitting the city into district from which each city council member would be elected?

A. Yes. I think by splitting the city into districts better represents the needs of the residents within each district. It would allow each council member to become more accessible to the residents he or she represents.

Q. What is the role of a city council member in conducting city business?

A. I think the primary role of the city council should be to ensure that the citizens of Glasgow's needs are met at a local level. Council members should be fiscally responsible stewards of taxpayer's money. They should be able to work not only together, but also with the mayor's office in order to ensure the city is functioning properly and has the potential for growth.

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