1) What do you offer as a candidate?
I think one qualification is that I am an incumbent who has served on several committees of Council during the last 4 years.I have learned a lot during my tenure. [Image 1]My other qualifications include that I am a long-time practicing attorney and I have served in a variety of civic and public service jobs: assistant corporation counsel for the City; Indiana Medical Licensing Board; Marion County Bar Association, member of the Women's Hospital board, Arthritis Foundation board and the Flanner House board.
2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
My district is the entire county. I think that we need to concentrate on the public safety issue of abandoned buildings and the improvement of public transportation on a county-wide and then regional basis.
3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
I participated in the budget process.The budget proposed by the mayor and the municipal corporations is not the same as that introduced. There was a huge shortfall because of property tax caps and the State freezing our distribution of local option income tax for this year and the next 2 years. Council was creative in resolving most but not all of the budget concerns, but the most important point is that it is balanced without a tax increase to the citizens.
4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
I support a smoking ban probably for very personal and emotional reasons. My mother suffered from a smoking addiction and saw how it contributed to her physical decline and it being the main cause of her death. There are many people who don't smoke who work in smoking environments, such as bars and restaurants, and many of these people don't have health insurance. We all end up paying through taxes for the adverse health effects of second-hand smoking.
5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
It's difficult to answer this question.By more, do you mean 15 or 150? It's another budgetary issue that is also impacted by competing needs. I think that police presence is important. However, many of the assaults and homicides committed in this community are among family members and acquaintances. A police officer is not capable of stopping these kinds of crimes. I prefer to see police officers who know the community in which they work. Police work is an extremely difficult job that requires common sense judgment. I commend the police officers who choose this profession as career choice.
6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
I support increased funding for IndyGo now and hopefully multi-modal options in the future.I think that this needed dedicated funding source should come back from the State in the form of sales tax distribution.The continued ranking of our city as 'up and coming' will suffer if we do not consider public transportation is important to building a city where young people want to come and live.The car as the only means of transportation negatively impacts our livability and sustainability standards.
7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
Some streets and sidewalks are better than others. RebuildIndy is what was needed to put a serious dent in the overdue deferred maintenance of our infrastructure.
8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.
I would need to name a multitude of projects. But overall, I think addressing abandoned buildings and public transit would benefit the entire county.
9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
I may not have an answer to this question but I think that you should have asked about what role should the sheriff have in law enforcement.Specifically, should the sheriff begin road patrol again or only run the jail?