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District 4 Candidate: Kostas Poulakidas, Democrat

District 4 Democratic Candidate Kostas Poulakidas. - SUBMITTED PHOTO

Kostas Poulakidas

District 4 Democrat candidate

1) What do you offer as a candidate?
My wife and I have two daughters and someday they will need to decide whether they want to stay in Indianapolis or find their future elsewhere - I want to be a public servant so that when that day comes, our children will know that Indianapolis is the place to call home for their families. Having had a career working on economic and community development issues, I have a duty to make sure our City-County Council understands the challenges they are faced with, as well as, the know-how to solve these challenges for our community.

2) What does your district most need from the City Council?
Honest Leadership. Too many decisions at City Hall are made without working with the people who are most affected by these decision. We need elected officials who are accountable to the people and can empower our neighborhoods with the tools to develop, maintain, and control their own communities.

3) What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
Politicians too often think a budget is either about raising taxes or cutting services. The budget needs to include proposals for new revenue streams that support existing and new services. By investing in early childhood education, we significantly increase the likelihood that kids will graduate and find good jobs, and will not need welfare services. By establishing self-funding microloan programs, we help small businesses hire local workers. By turning vacant lots into neighborhood pocket-parks, we increase the collective value of surrounding property thereby lowering the tax rate for those properties and provide a place for our kids to play. We need leaders who understand economic development and how to create jobs.

4) What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
Support. Of the largest 25 cities in the nation, Indianapolis is one of the few that does not have a comprehensive smoking ban - we need leadership that is not out of touch with our community. My opponent voted against the smoking ban ordinance.

5) Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Yes. The more IMPD officers in the streets and in the neighborhoods, the better. Bureaucratic inefficiencies must be removed to find cost savings to support officers directly involved in neighborhood public safety.

6) Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Yes. We need a public transit system that connects us to our jobs and to each other - this is an economic and community development issue that affects the quality of life in Indianapolis.

7) Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
No. District 4 has a patchwork of sidewalks and only select areas are getting new blacktop this election year that will ultimately need to be replaced in 7-8 years. We need a comprehensive community development plan that connects our neighborhoods to our schools, libraries, business areas and each other. We need City-County Councilors who are accountable, accessible and can get the job done.

8) Name one project that would most benefit your district.
Many residents in District 4, including my family, are still on the septic system and have no idea when or if they will be ever be connected. Many neighborhoods, including my own, suffer from horrible drainage and sewage system problems. We need a comprehensive neighbor-by-neighborhood plan that is shared with neighborhoods so that they know when these problems will be fixed.

9) What question do you wish we'd asked?
What unique solution would you propose if elected to the City-County Council?
Answer: Go to my website and sign-up for our emails that explain how we will establish microloan programs for small businesses, how we will turn empty vacant lots into neighborhood pocket-parks, and how we will fund our arts community through economic development growth.


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