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Questions for Andrew Ginther on Mayoral Race?

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    NDaEast
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    City council, under your leadership, refused to send petitions for signature validation because the pre-circulation copy was filed with the city clerk, rather than the city auditor. In the past, city council has sent so-filed petitions to the Board of Election for validation, and with Issue 7 you voted to change the formal filing requirement to the clerk — it doesn’t really seem to matter where the certified precirculation copy was filed. In fact, in an earlier petition, the city supported a claim advanced by your campaign finance treasurer, attorney Don McTigue, that the filing should have be done with the clerk and not the auditor, creating confusion. In any case, it seems like an inconsequential technicality that the city took advantage of to deny citizens a ballot issue.

    What harm was caused by the filing of petitions in the clerk’s office? Why didn’t you exercise council’s prerogative, as councils under other leadership have, to have the BoE validate signatures and prepare the issue for the ballot if enough valid signatures were received? What can citizens infer about your leadership from the council’s treatment of citizen petitions?

    #1097950

    NDaEast
    Participant

    Residents of the Near east and Near southsides came to council in the middle of a violent summer in 2010, asking for an amendment to the city’s unconstitutional loitering in aid of drug offenses law, to make it constitutional and thus enforceale. You rejected the group, saying that the law could not be amended to be lawful, and accusing citizens of political grandstanding on the issue, because we hosted a meeting and invited both incumbent and political challengers to attend and speak.

    The group also testified before council and presented to council a proposed strategy to address drug loitering, employment, and shootings. You never responded to this proposal. (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/10/18/neighborhood-groups-say-council-ignores-anti-crime-plan.html ) A year later, council passed an amendment to the law without any consultation, which we do not believe addresses our issues, our approach, or our intent. To most, if not all of us, it seemed like political window dressing, with no substance and no benefit.

    Why did you flat out refuse to amend the law when requested? (saying it couldn’t be done), when in fact council did have the ability to do what citizens requested? When you finally did amend the law, why didn’t you invite those who had initiated an amendment to participate in the process to ensure the amendments met the needs expressed? Damitrious Edwards, recently tortured, killed and left to rot in a South Champion Avenue basement was one of the drug boys we recorded in video we presented to you, who we had sought to steer differently in our proposal to link dug loitering outreach with opportunity that you never responded to.(http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/09/13/deadman-14-on-sunday.html ) (http://nbc4i.com/2015/09/21/ohio-avenue-elementary-school-placed-on-lockdown-after-police-activity-in-area/).
    You appointed Michelle Mills, a social worker by background, with no public safety experience, to chair the Safety Committee — presumably to buttress her before her first election, something a top Department of Public Safety official confided to me “that’s the way we like them — dumb, so we can do what we want” and that political move backfired — first with our public safety issue, then with Redflex.

    What does this say about your leadership style and willingness to listen to people who know things you do not know?

    #1098016

    Elizabeth Lessner
    Participant

    Columbus has the 2nd highest infant mortality rate in the nation as well as the 2nd highest economic segregation rate in the nation. Ginther has taken on infant mortality as one of his campaign issues.

    One of the major recommendations from Ginther’s infant mortality work group (and according to best practices from NIH, CDC, and WHO) overwhelmingly recommends increasing access to women’s reproductive health services.

    How does the City of Columbus Health Department meet that mission?

    Pregnancy testing hours are M-F 10am-2pm, Clinic hours are M 8am-2:15pm, Tues 10am-6:15pm, W 8am-11:15am, Th/T 8am-4:15pm. These hours aren’t particularly helpful to working women or the working poor, especially with the health department being on limited bus lines.

    The clinic offers birth control and regular visits but no abortion services. Meanwhile, abortion clinics statewide are under attack. What is Andy Ginther doing to stand with women in Central Ohio and what recommendations has he actually implemented to end the high infant mortality rate? Are these measures working? Can he show examples or data to support his campaign mission?

    #1098021

    WJT
    Participant

    Columbus has the 2nd highest infant mortality rate in the nation as well as the 2nd highest economic segregation rate in the nation. Ginther has taken on infant mortality as one of his campaign issues.

    One of the major recommendations from Ginther’s infant mortality work group (and according to best practices from NIH, CDC, and WHO) overwhelmingly recommends increasing access to women’s reproductive health services.

    How does the City of Columbus Health Department meet that mission?

    Pregnancy testing hours are M-F 10am-2pm, Clinic hours are M 8am-2:15pm, Tues 10am-6:15pm, W 8am-11:15am, Th/T 8am-4:15pm. These hours aren’t particularly helpful to working women or the working poor, especially with the health department being on limited bus lines.

    The clinic offers birth control and regular visits but no abortion services. Meanwhile, abortion clinics statewide are under attack. What is Andy Ginther doing to stand with women in Central Ohio and what recommendations has he actually implemented to end the high infant mortality rate? Are these measures working? Can he show examples or data to support his campaign mission?

    This is a very good question-those two statistics you cited are an absolute disgrace to the city. A good couple of questions for any candidate as well. The economic segregation opens up a huge number of other important issues of course.

    #1098025

    NDaEast
    Participant

    Two Redflex executives have pleaded guilty to trying to bribe you, which you deny and Harold Saunders, interim internal auditor for CCS in 2005 told state auditors that you told him to stop working on the student accountability audit, which you also deny. Why do so many people seem to be so confused about what you mean when you say things? Is there anything you have learned about your communication skills that warrants change before ascending to the city’s highest office?

    #1098059
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Just a reminder… we’re keeping both interviews to a tight 20-30 minutes. We won’t have time to ask every question submitted for both candidates.

    #1098196

    pez
    Participant

    With the focus on downtown and a few select neighborhoods, it seems that petty crime, safety and traffic violations are on the rise in the ignored neighborhoods. Speaking to city council members, 311, Columbus Police and other city officials have proven ineffective to the point that it’s obvious the problems are being actively annoyed. So, while I attach blame for this partially to Ginther, my question would be to both of them as to how they would handle it.

    #1098197
    murfmurphy
    murfmurphy
    Participant

    Just a reminder… we’re keeping both interviews to a tight 20-30 minutes. We won’t have time to ask every question submitted for both candidates.

    If you could ask only one question about his ethics and views on accountability I would like to place my vote for this one. I’d also ask that you make sure he answers the specific question and doesn’t talk around it.

    Two Redflex executives have pleaded guilty to trying to bribe you, which you deny and Harold Saunders, interim internal auditor for CCS in 2005 told state auditors that you told him to stop working on the student accountability audit, which you also deny. Why do so many people seem to be so confused about what you mean when you say things? Is there anything you have learned about your communication skills that warrants change before ascending to the city’s highest office?

    #1098204

    Mercurius
    Participant

    What will you do to encourage following neighborhood design plans and more urban development. What will you do to curb sprawl and help keep more green space?

    #1098357

    News
    Participant

    Mayoral Candidates to Participate in Live Interviews with Columbus Underground
    October 19, 2015 11:17 am – Walker Evans

    With only 15 days left until election day, local voters are expected to finalize their views and opinions on a variety issues and candidates before casting their votes on November 3rd (unless of course, you’ve already early voted). The biggest local race this year is between mayoral candidates Andrew Ginther and Zach Scott, and Columbus Underground will be hosting each candidate in individual interviews that will be broadcast live via Periscope next week.

    READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/mayoral-candidates-to-participate-in-live-interviews-with-columbus-underground

    FACEBOOK EVENT #1: https://www.facebook.com/events/499438293567355/

    FACEBOOK EVENT #2 : https://www.facebook.com/events/888026227919423/

    PERISCOPE: https://www.periscope.tv/ColsUnderground

    #1098470
    Demosthenes
    Demosthenes
    Participant

    One reason that Columbus has remained a viable city is aggressive annexation policies of past Mayors. How do you feel about instituting a more aggressive annexation policy, especially extending north into Delaware County?

    #1098477

    WJT
    Participant

    One reason that Columbus has remained a viable city is aggressive annexation policies of past Mayors. How do you feel about instituting a more aggressive annexation policy, especially extending north into Delaware County?

    Actually I think it is too late for this. Nearly all of southern Delaware County is developed in some way, and no way are any developed areas in Delaware County going to become part of Cbus.

    Strategic annexation should have continued on through since the early 90’s, but it largely hasn’t and it is too late now IMO(at least in most areas adjacent to Cbus that are unincorporated).

    I don’t think there is much of anything any candidate could do about this. JMHO.

    #1098482

    Mzliz87
    Participant

    How do you plan to combat gentrification while encouraging development in metropolitan areas? Affordable housing is a major issue in Columbus and is only getting worse as families are displaced from once affordable communities. Areas like Weinland Park and Franklinton have seen rent increases of 100% and protections have been poor. Are you working towards a comprehensive plan to address this new form of racial and economic segregation?

    #1099425

    Lu
    Participant

    1) Mr. Ginther, Columbus was recently found to have the country’s 5th highest tax burden among large cities. What are the primary reasons our taxes are higher than peer cities?

    2) You recently said, “The City of Columbus is the best run city in the country…” How did you come to that determination, and do you believe most voters share that view?

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