Candidate Full Name: Theodore "Ted" Williams III
Office: 9th Ward Alderman
Email Address: TedFor9th@gmail.com
Web Site: friendsoftedwilliams3rd.com
Campaign Name: Friends of Ted Williams III - Vote for Ted to Lead the 9th Ward Ahead
Campaign Office Mailing Address: P.O. Box 286385 Chicago, Illinois 60628-9998
Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)
1. What is the most important issue that you will address in your ward?
Crime, a lack of educational and economic opportunities, environmental pollution, and a lack of high quality food and options are all significant issues.
2. What are your plans for helping fight crime in your ward?
Targeted policing tactics have been effective at fighting crime. In cities around the nation, targeted policing, community-based efforts, and adding additional officers have proven to be viable options. Gun buy-back programs and youth engagement initiatives are as well. Combating crime must be a holistic effort that includes gun control, youth programming, and increasing economic opportunity.
3. What, if any, city assets would you consider privatizing to raise money?
The privatization of city assets should be considered carefully. I would be open to reviewing a variety of proposals in this area.
4. Do you support or oppose the vote to increase the minimum wage in several steps to $13 an hour by 2019?
Yes. I support wage increases that are consistent with the rising cost of living. In fact, this measure may not fully address the economic reality of the year 2019. Consequently, I would be open to evaluating the need for additional measures at the appropriate time. However, any efforts to increase wages by law, must consider ways to provide additional incentives and support for small businesses.
5. Are you in favor of Chicago's Red Light Camera program?
I support a moratorium on red light cameras. They are disproportionately found in areas that can least afford the financial burden. Furthermore, it is clear that their primary function is the generation of revenue rather than public safety. Other alternatives exist to reduce the speed of drivers. Lastly, they operate under the anti-Constitutional concept of "guilty until proven innocent." For this reason, I do not support their usage.