In the United States we have a different tradition of ensuring that our elected officials - and those who want to serve - answer these tough questions: the questionnaire. It can come from a particular group, a news outlet or even individual. The goal is to have a candidate be "on the record" and provide his or her views points on a wide array of topics.
Those running for Mayor and City Council have recently received some of these questionnaires. The questions have been thoughtful and I have enjoyed responding to them. As they are published by various news outlets and organizations I will post them here so you can see my answers. I'll also include a link to the full questionnaire/article to compare my answers to other candidates. As a candidate for re-election City Council you have a right to know where I stand on the issues.
First up, is The Connection. Here's a link to this week's edition and below are my answers to some of their specific questions.
1. Q: How do you balance and maintain vibrant economic development in the City of Fairfax with the City's "historic" quality of life? class retail shops, grocery stores and restaurants that complement the unique character of our City while providing the amenities residents want and deserve. To do this we should focus on redeveloping existing older commercial sites around the City, especially along Fairfax Boulevard, to ensure that we continue to be a destination for businesses and people alike. As part of this, I believe we need to consider higher density, mixed use projects that will provide people the opportunity to call the City home.