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District 9 Candidate: Jeramy Townsley, Independent- Progressive

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Independent candidate Jeramy Townsely - CANDIDATE SUBMITTED
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  • Independent candidate Jeramy Townsely

1.What do you offer as a candidate?

As a professor in sociology, I have a background in research and writing about what makes strong societies, how societies function, and what causes societies to break down. For too long politicians have been making public policy decisions on ideologies and intuitions. Scientists are used to making decisions based on verifiable evidence and data, regardless of our personal opinions. What I bring to city-council are the skills of research, knowledge of the pieces that bring cities together, and a willingness to act based on the data. As an independent candidate, I can be equally supportive or critical of both parties, dependent on the validity of their policies, not simply party obligation.

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

Our district faces numerous problems many of which are a result of national recessionary trends. However, as the country recuperates, cities can help meet the needs of its residents by facilitating neighborhood stabilization and community development. In the short term, ensuring food security, aiding residents from losing their homes, and public safety, should be the top priorities of local government. In the long-term, strengthening early childhood education, strengthening civil liberties, such as voting access, and generating a plan for small-business development of Indianapolis residents.

3. What's your opinion of the 2010 budget proposed by the mayor?

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

All credible data indicates that second hand smoking kills, and kills at high rates. Employees and consumers need to be protected from recreational activities of addicts. The absurdity of the pro-smoking position is that workers can choose not to work at establishments that allow smoking, but with unemployment at 10%, that argument is not reasonable. A single mother trying to feed her family, or the student, will take the job she is offered, even if it puts her at risk for lung cancer by working in a smoky restaurant.

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

Data indicates that the city is far short of a police force required for a city of our size, so more police should be hired. Unfortunately public safety has to be paid for, which means higher taxes. Republicans recently have made a big deal about Kennedy supporting a 140% tax increase to pay for public safety, when in actuality, the increase was from 0.7% to 1.0%. Unless citizens are willing to form local community brigades and volunteer 10 hours a week patrolling, police are the next best option.

6.Do you support increased funding for public transit?

Indianapolis consistently ranks at the bottom of public transportation availability. Business canÃ*t grow when consumers and workers can't get to their building. College students can't get an education if they can't get to school. Poor families without a car cannot get food, laundry, etc, when there is no public transportation. There will be no large-scale external business investment into Indianapolis without our own investment in public transportation.

7. Do you think streets and sidewalks in your districts are in good shape?

Children in Indiana are facing an obesity crisis. When children and adults have no safe places to run or bike, we have little opportunity to maintain healthy weight, and maintain heart-lung health. We need more walkable spaces, more bikeable space.

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

Investing in land-banks and community development corporations to rehab houses, rather than simply demolish them all ot create empty lots, or allow livable houses to decay and become a center for criminal activity and rodents.

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