Tracey Y. Bey, Candidate for 4th Ward Alderman

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Candidate Full Name: Tracey Y. Bey

Office: 4th Ward Alderman

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Campaign Name: Friends of Tracey Y. Bey

Campaign Office Mailing Address: 4315 S. Cottage Grove Chicago IL, 60653

Phone: 773-474-7200

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

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

There are many important issues that affect the 4th ward. Due to the diverse nature of the 4th ward we don't have a one size fix all answer. I want to work with the community to establish a system of accountability, transparency and equality. We need to create a collaborative network of school officials, business owners, law enforcement and community stakeholders that are committed to working together to improve public safety, education, employment opportunities, housing, economic development, business and community relations.

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

I believe the issue of crime is a direct result of the lack of mental heal services and employment opportunities. We have to begin by addressing those core issues. I also believe as a community we need to work together, every resident, community leader, business owner and stakeholder to create a culture of civic responsibility. In short, I am my neighbor's keeper.

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

City assets should be managed at the municipal level. I believe this cash up front, consequences later logic is irresponsible. Privatization leaders to policy that follows corporate policies and not municipal policies. Corporate policies are always tied to profits, city functions were designed to service the people and not corporate interests.

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

I support a proposal to increase the minimum wage. The city of Chicago needs a livable wage. I believe $13 an hour is a start, but it does not take effect until 2019, by which the cost of living will have risen once again.

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

Chicago's red light camera program is another short term measure to generate revenue for the city. A recent Chicago Tribune study showed that the red light cameras did not have any effect in decreasing accidents, and that in some cases increased rear end collisions. We need to find real long term solutions to our budget shortfalls, ones which do not unfairly oppress the working class residents of this city.

Tracey Bey

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