Council Seat #2
- WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE FOR THE CITY OF POCATELLO?
The majority of our elected officials are part of a clique, comprised of a select few that are all somehow involved in the business of building, development or real estate. There appear to be conflicts of interest with regard to many of the decisions they make.
The majority of decisions, including financial ones, are being made without any public input.
I am running for city council to interject a new perspective based on what is good for all of our residents. I want to help balance the influence of the clique that runs our city. I am running for City Council to give the people of Pocatello an opportunity to vote for someone honest, someone with no opportunity to profit from information I may have access to as a Council member, and someone who believes in transparency, accessibility, and actively reaching out to the citizens of Pocatello.
- IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE MAJOR ISSUE FACING POCATELLO?
The major issue facing Pocatello is quality of life. There is no real growth occurring. We have a high crime rate. We have a high poverty rate. The small businesses in this town are struggling and feel unsupported by the city. Our taxation is high which results in less money in people’s pockets. This cycle perpetuates itself.
The people of this town deserve a better quality of life than that which is afforded to us now by the choices and decisions of our elected officials.
(a) HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THE ISSUE YOU JUST DESCRIBED?
We need to have a plan for responsible, realistic growth. We need to attract businesses to Pocatello that will offer good paying jobs to the local residents and we need to do this without giving away the farm, so to speak. We have been giving huge tax abatements and other discounts, including discounted water rates, to many of the current big employers in town. This puts the tax burden disproportionately on the shoulders of the property owners. This results in less disposable income. The less disposable income in a community, the bigger the struggle for not just the residents, but for the small business owners as well.
The people of this community need to feel their voices are heard. They need to be able to ask questions and have their questions answered and their concerns addressed. The people of this community need a voice.
- IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOUR FIRST PRIORITY BE?
If elected, my first priority will be to listen to the people’s concerns. The different neighborhoods all have different concerns and issues. I intend to talk with people and understand what those are, and solicit their ideas for addressing those issues. I know many people have concerns about taxes and city spending. I intend to examine the budget for any line-items that seem excessive or unnecessary. I intend to work toward more openness and more public involvement, with regard to major decisions that have an impact on the residents of this town.