Answer: 939 Marquette Street
How long have you lived in the community:
Answer: 60 Years
What position are you running for?*:
Answer: 4th District Alderman
Have you ever held an elected office position before?* Yes or No
If so, what position(s) were you elected to?*:
Answer: Chairman, Trustee and Secretary in my Church and Financial Secretary IBEW #430
In thinking about your election bid, what top three issues need to be addressed?*:
Answer: Rebuilding sense of community, restoring small businesses and jobs, public safety.
How would you plan to address those issues?*:
Answer: Continue regular attendance at Neighborhood Watch meeting and serving as Block Captain, providing assistance to residents seeking assistance starting local businesses and encouraging neighborhood block parties and neighbor to neighbor contacts.
In reference to those issues you have identified, what would success look like to you in making an impact?*:
Answer: I have already seen positive change occur from my efforts. Continuing to lessen crime and clean up neglected properties would be great improvements, along with mentoring programs to encourage youth and adults to succeed. We have seen a decrease in crime. Re-filling empty store fronts.
Why are those issues important to you?*:
Answer: Having been raised and schooled in the district, I have seen the ebb and flow of the economy and the change in its ethnic make-up. I can identify with and know many of our residents, I have seen small stores and manufacturing leave. There is no reason, in my eyes, why we cannot see employment opportunities return to our district and the standard of living raised for all.
At the end of your term, what would you like to have accomplished?*:
Answer: The rebuilding of sense of community, safer streets and a better business climate.
Why should people vote for you?*:
Answer: I have a track record of years of service to our residents and taxpayers. I have spent years attending our Neighborhood Watch meetings to stay aware of issues in our district. I have assisted residents by helping close a drug house, removing graffiti, removal of nuisances and abandoned cars and clean up of nuisance properties. I have prayed for and grieved with residents, becoming friends with many and helped them in times of trouble. I have shown my responsiveness to their needs and my availability. I have earned their respect.
What is your educational background?*:
Answer: Some college and completion of my electrical apprenticeship, earning my State License as a Master Electrician. Numerous continuing education courses for the trade as well as Project Management
What civic organizations do you belong to?
Answer: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Neighborhood Watch