District 6 candidate (incumbent)
Overall participation: 14%
List five initiatives that you believe are more important than finding a new baseball team for the City of Richmond.
What are two qualities that people who know you well might say make you suited for the office you seek?
What are your thoughts on the relationship between the current mayor and city council? Outline a model for how you’d like to see the mayor and city council work together in the future.
If you support the proposed Downtown Master Plan and if you are elected, what specifically will you do to ensure the plan is implemented? If you oppose the proposed Downtown Master Plan and if you are elected, what steps will you take to correct, change, or modify the plan?
What do you consider to be Richmond’s greatest asset? What do you consider to be its greatest liability?
If elected, how will you promote the use of public transportation by Richmond residents? What improvements would you make to the current system in order to do so?
To increase public ridership Richmond needs to change its public policy which demand suburban parking standards. We make it more attractive not too use public transportation. We need to form a local parking and transportation authority with the RMA to address both transportation and parking and to coordinate public transit to the use of parking decks and lots. to make them attractive, well light, and provide public transit connectors to the lots. I can support a special fee for parking to support the cost of public transit. I also support the Main Street State becoming the City Visitors Center and the center transit hub for all alternatives to include buses, cabs, bikes, limo, and an intra city loop transit. More marketing, posted routes at stops, attractive seating at bus stop, and education on the value of transit on the environment, fiscal crisis, and clean air is needed to attract riders
Also, the proposed legislation for the General Assembly this year would create a regional transportation authority where the State will impose new fees/taxes for transportation. It has clearly been stated that the Authority would not consider public transportation. I disagree and would hope that our region would only support an Authority if public transit were included.
The city, state, and nation are facing a severe economic crisis, and yet during elections we typically hear candidates promoting projects and ideas that will require additional financial support. What are some initiatives you think Richmond is going to have to put on the back burner as we weather these challenging times? Please explain why.