5. How do you intend to comply with Florida's public records andgovernment in the' sunshine laws?
I will operate in complete compliance and with transparency.If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, what would you do? Iwould report the violation to the State Attorney's office.
6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River?
I will be a strong advocate for protecting our most precious natural resources -the St Johns River, our drinking water and our beautiful beaches. I will work withother local officials and our sister communities to find ways to decrease pollutionand to preserve these natural resources for the benefit of our children.
7. How can you become engaged in the city's high murder, infant mortalityand suicide rates?
The City already has a variety of governmental agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations that 'provide assistance and education with these problems.The City can do a much better job of providing leadership in these areas andpromoting these resources to our citizens in need and I will work diligently toaccomplish this.
8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville?
The consolidation of the city and county governments has been overall a gooddeal for the residents of Duval County. It has served to bring the communitytogether to accomplish things that we never could have done otherwise, for example getting an NFL team. It has centralized services, decreased duplicationand reduced costs, but it has not cured all our problems.
9. What is the role of a council member?
There can be many roles for a city council member -• Trustee - to do what is best for the city and our fellow citizens• Delegate - to discover and do what the voters want• Broker - to balance conflicting issues, budget requests and demands