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|League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund
The questions were prepared by the LWV Cincinnati Area and asked of all candidates for this office.
Read the answers from all candidates (who have responded).
1. What are your Qualifications for Office? (50 word limit)
I am a native Cincinnatian and veteran high school teacher who has spent my adult life being a citizen politician. I have been President of the College Hill Redevelopment Corporation, a Mt. Healthy City Council Member, and Hamilton County Recorder. Currently I am President of the Wyoming Education Association.
2. What plans do you have to address your top three priorities? (100 word limit)
With a record of bureaucratic reorganization and breakthrough use of technology when I was Recorder, I can provide the leadership to produce the benefits of cooperative government + reduced costs, efficient essential services, shared visioning. The city must conduct business beyond regular workday hours so citizens can participate. To reduce our racial divide we need to unite neighborhoods through major corridor development, create a city / schools liaison office, grant subcontracts directly from the city, recommit to a drug war that saves our children and increases our police division's contacts with faith-based organizations. To revitalize our neighborhoods we need to adopt a Safety First Plan (http://www.evebolton.com), convene community council conventions, deliver front line services equally, staff our police substations, invest in owner-operated businesses, and widen the radius of school safety zones.
3. What steps would you take to ensure that all public facilities are accessible to people with disabilities? (100 words limit)
The City must of course comply with the ADA, Architectural Barrier Act, and the 1978 Executive Order which mandate buildings' accessibility for the disabled. Beyond these measures, efforts should be made to make it easier to communicate with the City and travel within the city. The City should build and encourage active buildings, increase the concept of shared buildings usage, extend Wi-Fi, facilitate customer-community partnerships when evaluating urban designs for neighborhoods. The City should purchase Metro, provide street cars between up and down towns, accelerate intersection compliance, upgrade the telephone voice messaging capacity and increase the reliability of emailing.
4. What specific steps will you take to expand recycling services in your community? (100 words limit)
1. A recycling plan must be only a part of a larger waste management program that includes incentives to recycle and disincentives to produce garbage.
2. A specific recycling plan needs to include reducing the volume needed to be recycled through technology, close monitoring of public and private construction sites, increasing the use of recycled goods to increase the profit associated with recycling.
3. Mount a DO NOT LITTER program.
4. Increase the number of curbside recycling pickup and trash transfer stations as well as institute neighborhood yard and brush waste sites and establish more aluminum recycling centers for profit.
5. What steps would you take to provide affordable housing for all residents of your community? (100 words limit)
Encourage the County and City to work together to end the imbalance of subsidized housing placement. The City should coordinate non-profits' services, invest in neighborhood redevelopment corporations, and make zoning easier for affordable housing and apartment developments that are not publicly subsidized. The city and its corporate banking partners should create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Tax incentives for multigenerational housing, single family additions, and homesteading abandoned buildings should be provided. Cincinnati should rigorously enforce state laws that remove unkempt properties from property owners and offer them for sale to other property owners in the market.
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