Andrew Hamilton, Candidate for 1st Ward Alderman

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Andrew Hamilton

Candidate Full Name: Andrew Hamilton

Office: 1st Ward Alderman

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Campaign Name: Friends for Andrew Hamilton

Phone: 773-698-2162

Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)

1. What is the most important issue that you will address in your ward?

The most important issue in the First Ward of Chicago is the demand for a more efficient infrastructure. Meaning, we need better public safety, improvement in city services, and education reform. As alderman, I will work to improve public safety and ensure that city services will be promptly and efficiently provided. The greatest concern from constituent feedback is the lack of accountability and response times. Upon taking office, I will develop a mobile application for residents to communicate directly with the Alderman's office to report issues such as potholes, graffiti, burned out street lights, reporting rodent problems, and more. Constituents will be able to work directly with the Alderman's office and I will be accountable to make sure their concerns are resolved.

2. What are your plans for helping fight crime in your ward?

I support hiring more police officers to help fight crime. As an alderman, I will work closely with the police and community to improve public safety. I will encourage the police to expand the number of officers walking the beat to strengthen community-police relationships.

3. What, if any, city assets would you consider privatizing to raise money?

None, without proper feedback and constituent support.

4. Do you support or oppose the vote to increase the minimum wage in several steps to $13 an hour by 2019?

I do support the minimum wage increase. When individuals are working forty or more hours a week and still cannot pay their bills, we need intervention. This will help support a healthy middle class for Chicago.

5. Are you in favor of Chicago's Red Light Camera program?

I am troubled by the program. Based on recent articles, it seems that these cameras provide little tangible safety benefit. This seems like another unnecessary burden on the residents of Chicago, just to increase city revenues. We need new ideas for attracting business and money to Chicago, not additional "nuisance" taxes like these cameras.

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