1. In recent years, the mayor and City Council have used a mixof revenueincreases and cuts in expenses to balance the citybudget. Do you agree? Ifnot, what would you do differently?
The mayor and City Council did what they thought was in the bestinterest of the city at the time. However, I think I would have beenreally focused on looking atways tostreamline government andconcentrate more on public-private partnerships, finding morepartners in the private sector to support such things as our parks, our libraries, our senior centers and the Jacksonville Journey. Getting theprivate sector and national foundations to adopt a park or a program,or getting the private sector and foundations to give funding toJacksonville Journey, since it helps with kids and the whole notion of after school programs, getting private sector dollars to support it,which would mitigate our cost. I would also have looked for moresavings by streamlining the government and initiating a strictpurchasing policy. I would have looked at freezing our equipment andvehicle purchases, trying instead to extend the life of such things asvehicles, equipment and computers, but being careful not to hurtproductivity or effectiveness.
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
Yes. I support it. Jacksonville Journeyis working and I wouldcontinue to fund it. The program has increased police presence incrime hot spots, funded after school programs for 1,700 children andhelped ex-offenders make a positive transition into the community.However, it is important to develop new metrics to determine whether taxpayer funds are being used efficiently and effectively.
3. What endorsements have you received?
So far, I have received endorsements from individuals who arefamiliar with my work and my character. President Clinton, VicePresident Gore, numerous pastors, colleagues at JU, businessleaders such as Dr. Chester Aiken, Charlie Appleby, Lisa Weatherbyand former Chamber Chair Adam Herbert. In addition, State Reps.Mia Jones and Reggie Fullwood, State Sen. Tony Hill, CouncilMembers Warren Jones, Reginald Brown and Dr. Johnny Gaffney,School Board members Betty Burney and Paula Wright, and U.S.Rep. Corrine Brown have all endorsed me. My work in the Clinton