Background: Former state representative; Judicial Selection Commission
Do you support or oppose Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s “compassionate disruption” strategy that combines enforcing laws that force the homeless off the street while developing shelters for them? What, if anything, would you be doing different?
I support the mayor’s strategy because it addresses a real problem with practical, constructive solutions. Homeless issues can disrupt the visitor industry and, with it, our economy. But relocation must include viable housing alternatives, mental health services, and employment opportunities.
City officials repeatedly say they need to find new ways to raise revenue but proposals by Mayor Caldwell to charge a fee for curbside trash pickup and allow advertising on city buses were shot down by the City Council. What would you do to raise revenues?
Revenues rise with a growing economy. I would incentivize investment, support partnerships to create educational and vocational opportunities, and create a stable, dependable municipal government that responds fairly and equitably to business.