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District 5 Candidate: Jackie Butler, Democrat

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District 5 Democratic Candidate Jackie Butler. - SUBMITTED PHOTO.

Jackie Butler

District 5, Democrat

1. What do you offer as a candidate?
My educational background and my experience as a Prosecutor will provide assistance in public safety. My legal background, will assist in complex contracts presented to city county council for approval or disapproval.

2. What does your district most need from the City Council?
Better school systems and sidewalks.

3.What's your opinion of the 2012 budget proposed by the mayor?
It's a smoke screen. The numbers don't work. He robs Peter to pay Paul. It wouldn't pass the scrutiny of an accountant.

4. What is your position on a comprehensive smoking ban?
Smoking should be banned! Second hand smoke kills people.

5.Do you think the city needs more police officers?
Absolutely. I support Melina Kennedy's position 100%.

6.Do you support increased funding for public transit?
Yes. Myself and the other democratic city county council candidates rode IndyGo from the east side of Indianapolis to the west side of Indianapolis on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. During that time I had an opportunity to talk with several passengers that would support a small increase in public transportation in exchange for more routes and extended hours. In addition, mass transit would create economic development as more people would have more transportation to employment opportunities and businesses would benefit by the extended hours of public transit as it would attract and provide transportation for more employees.
Not to mention the fuel savings and the advantage to the environment.

7.Do you think the streets and sidewalks in your district are in good shape?
No. The houses on Hague road, which are directly across from the high school and the public library, are void of sidewalks and street lights, causing unsafe conditions for anyone who would walk to those destinations. Nor are there any crosswalk for the safety of pedestrians to cross the street.

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

9.What question do you wish we'd asked?
Should the public utilities been sold? If so, how would you allocate the proceeds?

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