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District 23 Candidate: Scott Coxey, Democrat

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Scott Coxey, city county council, democratic candidate - SUBMITTED PHOTO

1) What do you offer as a candidate?

As a newcomer to politics, I offer a fresh perspective. As a life long resident of Indianapolis' south side, I am alarmed by the deterioration of public safety, public transportation and our schools.

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

We need a councilor that will work hard to improve the quality of life for residents of District 23. I would work with neighborhoods in the community to establish priorities. Similar to the rest of Marion County, District 23 is coping with insufficient job creation and public safety. There are countless abandoned/closed businesses that exacerbate these growing problems. Also, I would do everything within my power to recruit and encourage business development in the district.

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

I believe the Mayor's budget is misleading and far too top heavy. Further, many cuts to agency budgets are not logically related to the stated goals of this administration. There are opportunities within every organization to trim the fat. Organizational structures should be streamlined to provide the best possible services to constituents at the lowest tax burden. For instance, the budget for Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is woefully insufficient. Anyone who ever has visited IACC will tell you that there is serious need for adequate funding. On the flip side, the budget for Public Safety Administration is bloated and sapping vital resources from other agencies.

Importantly, after spending time pouring over the Mayor's budget, one thing is clear- there needs to be more transparency in the entire process. The budget for Office of Corporation Counsel indicates a 72% decrease. But the actual budget of the agency is now being supported by charge backs to other agencies. Because it is difficult to discern the amount of the individual charge backs, I am very concerned vital services will suffer. It is a lot of smoke and mirrors.

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

I favor a comprehensive smoking ban. People need jobs. The time has come to stop forcing people to choose between personal safety or feeding their families.

5) Do you think the city should add more cops?

Without a doubt. We need more police officers and fewer bureaucrats.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Yes. Public transportation has changed a lot in the past 100 years - for the worse. Public transportation is necessary to move our city forward.

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

In my district, the quality of streets and sidewalks varies greatly. Maintenance of streets and sidewalks in all areas must be a priority. Further, there are many neighborhoods without sidewalks, which increase risk of pedestrians (including children) being struck by cars. I would seek the passing of ordinances that require sidewalks whenever new roads are built, and old roads are repaired or modified.

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

Working with the Mayor to create a partnership between the public schools and the city would benefit district 23 the most. Providing exceptional education will have the greatest impact on each and every residents' quality of life. It serves as a useful tool in attracting and retaining businesses and labor. It will also positively impact public safety.

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

How does your diet compare to that of the City's Mayor?

Scott Coxey,

www.scottcoxey.com

twitter- @ScottCoxey

facebook- http://www.facebook.com/ScottCoxeyCCC23

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