Please accept our thanks for agreeing to participate on the 13th. We are so happy you will be coming to share about community issues important to us.
Location: Christ United Methodist Church, 400 5th Av SW, Rochester
Please come to the Welcome Table.
Candidates from Wards 2,4,6 will be from 7 to 8 p.m.
Candidates Staver and Allen will be from 8 to 9 p.m.
As mentioned, we are sharing the questions as listed below. There will be an opportunity to answer questions submitted by the audience after the 7 questions below are presented.
Considering the massive crisis that we face in the availability of affordable housing for households with income below $55,000 per year, what do you think is the responsibility of City government to help create affordable housing and what specific measures do you think the City could take now to facilitate the development of affordable housing?
We recognize that you are running for City Council, not the School Board. However, given the importance of our children’s education, we are asking this question:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Rochester related to the education of our youth, and what, in your role as a City Council member, are the factors you will consider to address this?
Do you support tying a Living Wage to any business seeking public funding from the city?
What do you think would be the appropriate response by the city council regarding the current situation with the Kutzky House?
How are you going to get input from the working poor of Rochester on an ongoing basis? Will you include housing, transportation and living wages in your conversations?
“The workforce we want is attracted by sustainability. Our Mayor has made a proclamation that Rochester will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2031. And the one formal city initiative on energy sustainability is our Climate Smart Municipalities partnership with German cities. What are three ways you would lead the city council to capitalize on our German partnership to create a more attractive and sustainable city?”
Plans for the DMC and the City Comprehensive plan call for a significant shift away from people driving alone into Rochester for work and other trips. Much of the public investment in the DMC revolves around improvements to public transit, especially buses. Biking and pedestrian route upgrades are also included, and demand for them is growing. However, we’ve also seen a recent uptick in crashes involving people walking or biking. Recent figures show that 2016 is on par to be the deadliest year for pedestrians in Minnesota as a whole, and this is especially true in Rochester. Two of the seven bicycle related deaths were in Rochester. What are your priorities on making it easier for people to drive less so we can meet these goals and to do so safely?