James Cappleman, Candidate for 46th Ward Alderman

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Candidate Full Name: James Cappleman

Office: 46th Ward Alderman

Email Address: info@citizensforcappleman.com

Web Site: www.CitizensForCappleman.com

Campaign Name: Citizens for James Cappleman

Campaign Office Mailing Address: PO Box 408761, Chicago IL 60640

Phone: 312.725.8683

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

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

The cornerstone to a thriving community is public safety. I have worked tirelessly to bring together all areas of the community police, businesses and residents to take a strategic approach to keeping our community safe for everyone. Individuals and businesses make a community their home when they feel safe.

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

I've been active with CAPS for over 15 years and during my time as alderman, I have continued to use this as a great resource to bring the community, businesses, local beat police and the state attorney's office together to make a stronger impact on reducing crime. Per the Chicago Tribune, since 2011 when I started office, crime has dropped over 25 percent in the 46th Ward, except in Uptown where violent crime has dropped 39 percent.

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

I am not comfortable with privatizing any city asset until a thorough assessment is done to determine the short and longterm costs and benefits, which is why I am a cosponsor of the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance.

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

I proudly cast my vote for the $13 an hour minimum wage. I firmly believe that everyone who works deserves to have a livable income. I even believe in going a step further and raising the wage to $15 an hour, which is why I am a sponsor of the ordinance currently in city hall and will continue to advocate for its passage.

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

I voted against the Speed Cameras, and am opposed to the Red Light Cameras. I believe that the evidence does not support the claim that it assists with public safety and is instead used as a revenue generator that is flawed and inconsistent in how fines are assessed to motorists.

James Cappleman

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