This year we’re giving candidates seeking office in the Finger Lakes the opportunity to let their voices be heard in a special Q&A feature. If you’re a candidate and would like to participate by completing a short Q&A session – click here. Your answers (which can be as long as necessary) will be published directly on FingerLakes1.com.
What prompted you to consider a run for office?
What are the three most important issues in your race?
#1: Health of our Lake: Our lake is the main economic and recreational engine of Canandaigua, provides drinking water for over 70,000 people and its protection is my top priority.
#2 Our Environment: During my time on City Council, we have found innovative ways to make environmentally conscious and fiscally responsible changes that will help us adapt to the challenges of a changing climate and do our part to limit harmful greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we converted to LED streetlights, negotiated a low, fixed-rate electricity price for 100% renewable energy that is available to all residents and made permanent the previously temporary ban of pesticides in all city parks.
#3 Jobs and the economy: As Mayor, I pledge to focus on the economic vitality of our City. This includes fighting for small businesses, keeping taxes low, investing in affordable housing, and ensuring the City remains an attractive place to raise a family.
What roadblocks stand in the way of addressing them? How will you be able to create change?
Holding local office is often a balancing act between keeping taxes low and maintaining services: How do you plan to achieve both?
If you were elected tomorrow and given the ability to permanently change one thing about your community: What would it be?
As a follow-up: What is one thing your community does right that you’d like to reinforce if elected?
Looking at your community over the next 10-20 years: What do you see? Are the actions being taken now good for the long-term sustainability of it?
Rural communities in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York are getting older. This poses challenges on a number of fronts (whether it be related to services or attracting a younger population for that long-term sustainability). What would you like to see happen to make your community better for aging population, as well as a place for people in their 20s and 30s to call home?
People want to see change. So, give us the elevator pitch: Why should voters choose you this November? What differentiates you from any other candidate for local office?
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