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At Large Candidate: Jacqueline Cissell, Republican

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Jacqueline Cissell - SUBMITTED PHOTO

1) What do you offer as a candidate?

I believe I bring constituent services as a candidate. I have spent the last several years working in Family and Social Services connecting needy Hoosiers statewide with services to make their lives easier.

2) What does your district most need from the City Council?

I am a city-wide candidate so my interests are education, senior services and transportation for needy citizens.

3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?

Like most major cities across the country, we are navigating difficult economic times. We have big events coming into Indy that will create some economic benefit to the city. We have to provide services to visitors and citizens to keep everyone safe. While we may have to reduce funding, on the short term, for non-public safety services, the Mayor and the Council found money to repair parks for kids. I'm sure we will look for ways to restore funding as revenues increase.

4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?

I do not support expanding the ban on smoking. I am not a smoker and have seen the negative health effects of smoking on people, However, I do believe in citizens being able to operate their business with as little government intrusion as possible.

5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?

I believe it is always good to have more police officers taking care of the city.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?

I do support public transportation. We have to make sure we operate the system as efficiently as possible while providing transportation to those most in need.

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?

It is unmistakable that the infrastructure in Indianapolis is better than it has been in years.

8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.

I would love to see Indianapolis figure out a way to expand transportation for folks working in the northern part of the city. I have personally seen and picked up people walking down Binford late at night for lack of transportation after the businesses close and they are getting off work. I would love to work on the solution for this challenge.

9) What question do you wish we'd asked?

I think these are great questions. I am passionate about education reform and I work in the Department of Education on turnaround schools. I am happy we are doing the work of making Indianapolis a world-class model of education reform for Hoosier families, especially poor and minority families.

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