LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
WHAT IN YOUR EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE MAKE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION?
Having had the honor to serve on City Council for the last eight years, I am the only candidate with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our community. I am the only candidate who has led the creation of policy that positively improves our parks and playgrounds, reconstructs roads, and improves the financial outlook of the City. My experience in dealing with multi-million dollar budgets, my extensive experience with City personnel and functions, my background in creative problem solving, and my proven track records in dealing with constituent concerns all make me the most qualified candidate to represent the 3rd Ward in Ypsilanti.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS SHOULD YOU BE ELECTED AND HOW WILL YOU WORK TO ACCOMPLISH THEM WITH CURRENTLY LIMITED RESOURCES?
The concept of “limited resources” is misleading. Resources are always finite. With this in mind, the successful completion of any project requires proper prioritization. During my time on Council, I have focused on making Ypsilanti a clean, pretty, and safe community. I will continue to be proactive in finding ways to improve and protect public safety in our community. I will continue to concentrate on quality of life issues such as ordinance enforcement and improving walkability in Ypsilanti. Finally, I will continue to advocate for spending taxpayer money on budgets that center on moving Ypsilanti forward.
WHAT ARE THE MOST SERIOUS PROBLEMS FACING THE CITY OF YPSILANTI AND HOW WILL YOU WORK TO SOLVE THEM?
The two most serious problems facing the City of Ypsilanti are the rapidly increasing Fire&Police pension costs and the Water Street development project. If we are to survive financially, we need to aggressively reform employee health care. We need to negotiate contracts that immediately begin to benefit taxpayers. We need to focus on present day solutions rather than next generation fixes.
In order to make the Water Street development project successful, we need focus on a two-pronged approach. We need to continue developing a plan to reduce operations by $1.7M by May of 2016, and we need to focus on aggressively marketing the property.
WHAT ARE YPSILANTI’S GREATEST ASSETS AND HOW CAN THEY BE USED TO HELP THE COMMUNITY THRIVE?
Ypsilanti’s greatest assets are our parks and the river that runs through the heart of our community and our unique business districts.
Our park system has long been attractive to organizations and festivals that choose to host their events here. The undeveloped river provides a blank canvas for new growth.
Our business districts are quirky and filling with interesting shops that you don’t find elsewhere. Because we see ourselves as an urban community with a real downtown, we are able to attract businesses that are willing to try new concepts knowing they have the ability to develop over time into community institutions.