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Candidate Full Name: Glenda Franklin
Office: 17th Ward Alderman
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: glendafranklin.com
Campaign Name: Friends of Glenda L. Franklin
Campaign Office Mailing Address: 7909 S. Racine Avenue
Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)
1. What is the most important issue that you will address in your ward?
I don't have one priority for improving my ward, but there is an overwhelming amount that needs to be done. Nevertheless, as Alderman, I would definitely focus on the following: decreasing crime, increasing economic development and job creation, and improving educational options.
2. What are your plans for helping fight crime in your ward?
I have been extremely active with the outreach efforts of my church and our Pastor, Father Michael Pfleger. From our anti-violence marches through heavy crime areas to our midnight basketball programs, I have been deeply involved in addressing alternatives to reducing crime in our community.
Beyond that, there needs to be more resources allocated to promoting public safety and hiring more police. We should work to get the community more involved with the local officers, and police should also strive to develop relationship with their constituents.
3. What, if any, city assets would you consider privatizing to raise money?
I support the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, which establishes a process to provide for public input and City Council review of any proposed City privatization plans.
4. Do you support or oppose the vote to increase the minimum wage in several steps to $13 an hour by 2019?
I support this increase. It is long overdue and it will help many residents in my ward a great deal. It will also allow my friends and neighbors to spend more money in the community and stimulate economic development.
I would like to see the City work in tandem with the State of Illinois on raising the minimum wage across the State, but am excited that working folks in the 17th Ward can benefit from the recent passed Chicago minimum wage ordinance.
5. Are you in favor of Chicago's Red Light Camera program?
I think this topic can only be discussed on a case-by-case basis. My support - or lack thereof - for red light traffic cameras is dependent on the location of the camera and whether or not it will help improve public safety.