Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?
A: I would be in favor of budget cuts.
Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?
A: If elected, my goal would be for our Mayor, finance committee, and individual department heads to look over their budget. They could then focus on any unnecessary expenses.
Q: What do you believe is the public’s role in city government and city council?
A: The public should remember that YOU, the citizens are our voice. I would strive to listen to the citizens of Glasgow and forward their concerns to the council. The council is elected to represent the public and they should be held accountable for their actions. This includes all branches and levels of our government.
Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?
A: There should definitely be an increase. The public could be more involved in the city council meetings. Glasgow citizens may be informed by going to www.cityofglasgow.org. The Mayor, city council and especially citizen of Glasgow have a vested interest in keeping our city the best possible place to live. We can come together and work toward that goal.
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: As I stated in 2010, I am not in favor of reducing the number of council members. But if that issue arises I would like to have the citizen’s best interest regarding this important issue.
Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?
A: I am not in favor in splitting the city into districts and electing people to the council in this manner.
The elective choices of the citizens of Glasgow should not be limited by geographic, economic or social concerns. We should be free to elect the most qualified candidates in any and all elective positions.