Should the city expressly ban discrimination based on sexual orientation?
This is a subject that should be approached with as much information as possible. We should talk with other cities to see what they have done and get their feedback. What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.
Are minorities adequately represented among city employees and are give equal consideration for promotions?
I feel that every person should be on a level playing field. If I am elected, I will see how promotions are handled in the city and the makeup of the city workforce. I will guarantee that all employees are treated equally and with respect. We should follow the Golden Rule , treat others the way you want to be treated.
City employees work very hard. They are out in all kinds of weather, working for the citizens. We need to value our city employees and the contribution they make to Richmond.
What can the city do to redevelop its downtown?
We have some great businesses downtown. We have older business that have been mainstays and newer businesses making an investment in our city. We need to support and encourage businesses to make downtown attractive to residents and visitors. We should have a blue-ribbon committee of downtown merchants, with a city commission representative, to advise the city of their needs and involved them in decision making.
Other cities have transformed their downtowns with creative, forward thinking. But it will take action, not just talk.
Should the city allow drink sales after 9 p.m. on Sundays?
I think the alcohol ordinance should be consistent in the hours of operation. We need to support and encourage business, which will increase city revenue.
What will be your goals if elected?
Richmond is a great place. I was born and reared here. I have family here, and it is a great place to live. I want to give back to the city that I love so dearly.
As I have talked to many people during the campaign, they tell me they want a positive voice on the city commission. They want a commissioner who will listen to their needs and then act. I will be that positive voice. I will represent all of the people all of the time. I want all our citizens and all our city employees to be heard. I want to help improve the morale of our city employees.
I am running for commission because I want to represent your concerns. I will be an open, responsible and proactive commissioner. I will work tirelessly to see that our city continues to grow and prosper. The future of our city is what we make it, right here, right now. Working together, we can make Richmond the best it can be.