Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge the City of Madison is facing? Why? What would you propose the city do to address this issue?

A: The answer to that question has got to be substance abuse. It is a problem that is so pervasive, simply because it affects and contributes to so many other challenges we currently face: Poverty, Unemployment, Crime, and suicide are just a few of the prominent issues that come to mind. All issues of which, in many cases find their root cause in substance abuse. It is important for us to recognize; substance abuse is a choice; addiction is a disease and like any disease it requires treatment. We do not yet have a fully-fledged inpatient facility to treat substance abusers for addiction. I believe that is the next step. Let me be clear, what I refer to is not the suboxone clinics that have been employed in other areas of our state. It has been proven that those facilities are just as likely to further enable addicts as they are to help them. I believe it would beneficial to attract a treatment clinic to our area. However, it should be a facility that places strict limits on the dispensation of medication, and under no circumstances should any synthetic medications leave the facility to continue their presence on our streets and in our neighborhoods. At the earliest opportunity I intend to embark upon a fact-finding mission to other facilities following a similar model across our state, so that I will have first hand knowledge of these practices. We must work tirelessly to fight this epidemic and see to its end, it will not be easy nor will its conclusion be quick, but it is more than worth all the means necessary to heal our community and give a genuinely disadvantaged portion of our citizens a new lease on life.

Q: If there was any city policy that you could change on your own at this moment, which would it be and why?

A: Based on my conversations with people who live downtown, an important policy objective that does not currently exist in our code of ordinances is that of residential parking rights. While there are provisions for handicap parking permits there are none, to the best of my knowledge, in the general provisions for nonhandicapped residents. Many residents living in downtown do not have access to off street parking. As a result, they will often find during large scale events like the regatta, that their parking spaces have been taken. This forces them to park farther from their homes. Therefore, it should be the city’s policy to establish a procedure by which residents can apply for parking permits, to be renewed at a reasonable rate annually. To replace the parking lost to permits, the city could then partner with our county government to create an area reserved for visitor parking just outside of downtown, to remain close to events. Alternatively, we could also search for areas for parking inside the city that are not currently in use, to be used for visitor parking. A shuttle could then be provided to transport visitors, or the trolley could be used on a set schedule. Though my district is not in the downtown area; I see it as my responsibility as a perspective councilman to address the concerns of all the people, wherever they may reside. In conversation this is a concern I have heard often and so I propose the previously mentioned solutions. We have a beautiful downtown widely recognized for its rich history, and we should do everything we can to ensure that living there in the present day is just as rich and fulfilling an experience as that living history.

Q: If you are elected, in what order would you address the following issues? Order them by which needs to most immediate action to least immediate action.

Transportation/mobility, substance abuse, suicide, homelessness, crime, job creation, small business assistance, downtown parking, hilltop enhancement.

A: As I mentioned previously, the greatest challenge we face is substance abuse, because of its pervasive qualities. I believe that the foundation of any community is its people. Right now, too many of our citizens are suffering in one form or another from the “ripple affects” of substance abuse. We must work on multiple fronts to address the negative impacts of homelessness and suicide. Of course, it is unrealistic to suggest that such a dramatic change on the issue of substance abuse, in the form of a treatment facility could happen overnight, it will take time. In the interim, I believe we can dedicate our focus, as we have begun to do, to hilltop enhancement in order to reshape and revitalize our local economy. Working in tandem with hilltop enhancement we can further incentivize small businesses, as they are the heart and soul of our community. Our small businesses have given us the reputation we own today as a premier destination for travelers up the Ohio and through the heartland. I believe that appeal can be used to truly bring Madison into the 21st century, by incentivizing and supporting small business, we can harness the creative talents of people living here, as well as those who may want to do business here to grow our job market. Crime is also a major concern considering our location between three major metro areas. The sale and trafficking of drugs has fed the issue of substance abuse and led to the overcrowding of our county jail. This trafficking and sale of illegal substances has further contributed to other crimes as well. Madison safety must always be our top priority, to ensure that safety we must have a police department that is both well-equipped and well-funded, to prevent the loss of officers to departments in other cities that can afford to pay them more. To do this, we must focus on shaping our local economic landscape to benefit both consumers and business owners, and where we can to maximize municipal revenue, more greatly enabling us to both grow and protect our city. Regarding

transportation, I believe that we are on the right track in our efforts to improve our city’s gateways. However, we must remember not to neglect our side streets and residential areas. I will make it a priority to remain up-to-date on the state of our roads, both in my district and city wide.

Q: The students representing Madison during this year’s Student Government Day passed a resolution that calls for action by the city to create incentives for local graduates to come back to work, live, etc. Do you agree that this resolution was necessary? If so then, how would you propose the city go about meeting this call to action? What kinds of incentives would you propose? How would you market them to the wide array of interests and alumni that Madison produces? How would you measure your program’s success? If not, why?

A: This resolution was not only necessary, but essential and long overdue. As someone who graduated not long ago, I probably have a unique perspective on this issue in comparison to my fellow candidates. Though I was not one of the ones to leave Madison upon graduation I know of plenty of my classmates who did. A similar criticism from many them was “there’s nothing here” or “there’s nothing to do here”. I would always disagree with them, and I still do for those that believe it. What is here is potential, what there is to do, is work, and I intend to do it. When I think of Madison’s potential, I see a city where we both practice preservation and promote innovation. We have magnificent opportunities with an Ivy Tech campus here in our city. We have partnerships of leaders in business, government and education that we can continue to capitalize and expand on. As we enter the 2020’s our growth, our expansion of business, our promotion of new industry both from the grassroots and from outside partnerships will be essential for us to remain economically viable. We need jobs in technology, programming, engineering, and perhaps most of all in education, to ensure that we continue to bring forward our best and brightest to make Madison greater with every passing generation. We must seek out wherever and whenever possible, opportunities to ensure that we can provide the career paths and overall quality of life necessary to serve the needs and aspirations of our citizens, both present and future. Lost history should not be the price of progress, too often it is, but not in the case of Madison. People often return to our city more greatly appreciating our rich history. I have a vision of a not too distant future where people are returning not just for an appreciation of that history, but to build a future; to work, live, and thrive here in Madison, and that will be the truest measure of any future success.