Candidate Full Name: Brian Terrance Garner
Office: 6th Ward Alderman
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.bgarnerfor6thward.com
Campaign Name: Friends of Brian Garner
Campaign Office Mailing Address: 8343 S Calumet, Chicago, Illinois 60619
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 I will address in my ward is economic development. The 6th Ward is rich with opportunities for growth and prosperity. It has reliable transportation, quality schools, a skilled workforce, and strong neighborhoods. As Alderman I will work hard to attract new businesses to the 6th Ward, encourage startup businesses, and support existing business owners. I will provide the resources for underused city programs and create innovative ways to fund business development in the 6th Ward.
2. What are your plans for helping fight crime in your ward?
I have two programs to fight crime in the 6th ward. The first program is my Neighborhood Safety Patrol. This Patrol is an extension of the neighborhood watch program in which identified residents walk and ride bikes to monitor the neighborhoods for suspicious behaviors. We have garnered the support of the Commander who has committed to have Chicago Police Department foot and bike patrols along with police cars to partner with us in this effort. It is my goal to expand this program to all neighborhoods in the 6th ward. Along with the Neighborhood Safety Patrol, I will continue to advocate for more foot patrols of the Chicago Police Department to be visible in the business districts of 71st, 75th, and 79th to deter crime. My second program is a street mentorship program. This program focuses on providing youth who may be involved in inappropriate and/or illegal activity the needed resources to achieve educational and economic success.
3. What, if any, city assets would you consider privatizing to raise money?
I would not consider privatizing any city assets to raise money.
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 raising the minimum wage to $13 an hour because it is my belief that Chicagoans deserve a livable wage to provide for themselves and their families with minimal to no government assistance.
5. Are you in favor of Chicago's Red Light Camera program?
I am not in favor of the Red Light Cameras due to the lack of sufficient evidence that these Cameras are a safety enhancement. Based on the most recent research and data, it has been noted that there are problems with the Red Light Cameras, which leads me to remain convinced that the cameras are for revenue purposes rather than reducing the numbers of accidents.