1. In recent years, the mayor and City Council have used a mix of revenueincreases and cuts in expenses to balance the city budget. Do you agree?If not, what would you do differently?
I agree with the city doing what is legally requred to achieve balaced budgets, butI think our approach needs work. "Revenue increases" must mean more than justtax hikes and fee increases; the emphasis must always remain on profitability.Weshould resist further cuts to vital infrastructure like police, firefighters andteachers, and we should keep funding those groups that deal with our growingunderclass. As to profitability, my proposals to maxmimize the economic potentialof our outstanding local cuture could, if implemented, increase the tax base bymillions virtually overnight.
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
I support it in principal, but I have concerns with the vehicle Jacksonville will betaking that journey in. I am not yet convinced that a majority of the city's residentsare truly serious about preserving the quality of life in our city. Many others feelthe same way, here and elsewhere, and the results of this election will go a longway toward resolving those concerns.
3. What endorsements have you received?
My only endorsement so far has come from individuals in the community whochoose to show their support for my campaign. Most unions and civicorganizations have not yet made any endorsements, as there are still someweeks to go before the election.
4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
I consider my entire life an ongoing process of civic activity.
5. How do you intend to comply with Florida¶s public records andgovernment in the sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breakingthe sunshine law, what would you do?
I intend to make my term entirely transparent. Frankly, I think those laws areexcessive and an impediment to civic progress, and if I'm ever in a position to