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: Experienced leadership, problem-solving, and a proven focus on results is needed to deal with the changing complexities and issues that face our city. Problem solving is the biggest responsibility and challenge facing Madison today. These challenges can be economic, social, or infrastructure. Developing a long-term strategic plan to minimize future issues is critical. The process to solve these problems should be transparent, data driven with guidance and support from residents and outside experts. The innovative ways successful city governments gain public input and data is critical. Frequent transparent feedback on issues and results is critical. Strong relationships with outside experts, such as local, national, state and federal resources can provide support and potential solutions to meet our challenges.

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

A: I believe that the members of the Madison City Council should be strongly encouraged to be engaged with organizations and citizens groups that are actively seeking to address key issues we face in Madison. There’s a saying that what gets measured gets done. Objectives should be set for these organizations and reported back at Madison City Council meetings with the focus on priorities, solutions, and results. Let’s reward success. Open communication and transparency in dealing with key issues is critical to successful resolution. I plan to stay active in the Healthy Communities of Jefferson County Substance Abuse Team, Historic Board of Review, and other non-profit organizations that are making a difference in our community.

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: Substance abuse, crime, transportation/mobility, job creation, homelessness, suicide, small business assistance, hilltop enhancement, downtown parking.

A: In my campaigning, the most important issues listed vary from resident to resident. Safety, Drugs, and Crime were often mentioned as a key concern. I would categorize the issues that the Courier has identified into two groups: Quality-of-life and Economic. I don’t believe you can address any individual issue listed without impacting another. We have several excellent organizations and dedicated residents that are working diligently to address these issues. My response above addresses how Madison can gain feedback on the success of these programs and efforts.

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: The resolution passed during Student Government Day shows their recognition of the need to improve Madison’s quality-of-life and economic opportunity. There’s no doubt these are issues in every community today, our ability to address and improve in these areas will definitely impact the return rates of students attending schools in the Madison and Jefferson County area. Jobs and affordable quality housing combined with our Historic District, Ohio River, and other local attractions and resources make Madison an extremely desirable area to locate.

Graduate retention would not be my program alone. In collaboration with the various schools, a program would be put together based on a survey of existing students, recent graduates, and alumni currently living in Madison to determine the reasons they would choose a place to live. For those graduates living in Madison, why did they come back? Each school would then promote the program and measure the return rate versus the objectives set for the program. The results can be presented during the Student Government Day at our city Council meetings.

Thank you for the opportunity to present my thoughts on the questions. My 35 years experience of successful executive business management and commercial and residential investments in Madison, qualifies me uniquely to be successful in serving Madison District 1 as councilman. I’ve successfully worked with departments in City Hall, Historic Board, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, local contractors and suppliers, as well as state and federal organizations. I would appreciate District 1 residents vote on May 7. Thank you for taking the time to read my responses.