Questions for Zach Scott on Mayoral Race?
October 17, 2015 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #1097795
Mr. Scott: I’ve been told by numerous current city employees that the Coleman administration is full to the brim with highly-paid, politically-connected cronies (like departments’ sub-directors) who understand very little about what their departments do but, when they do show up, spend their time supporting the mayor’s political and fund-raising objectives.
If as mayor you find this to be true, will you eliminate these patronage positions and where will you direct the millions of dollars saved?October 19, 2015 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #1098060
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.October 19, 2015 4:51 pm at 4:51 pm #1098061
Columbus has seen a lot of success over the past decade. How would you steer the city strategically – along the same course it’s currently headed, or in a new direction?October 19, 2015 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #1098063
Columbus has seen a lot of success over the past decade. How would you steer the city strategically – along the same course it’s currently headed, or in a new direction?
Actually a good question, but I think it needs to be less ‘general’ in nature. Anyone could answer that question without really saying anything at all, you know?-just with a bunch of general ambiguous nebulous blah-blah.
‘Success’ is way too broad of a term IMO.October 19, 2015 9:01 pm at 9:01 pm #1098103
Mr. Coleman and Mr. ginther got us into the Nationwide Arena deal, which is not paying down the mortgage with the result that the public, which voted against public ownership of an arena for a pro hockey team, goes deeper into debt every year, with no end in sight. Mr. Ginther, in defending the bailout of ourlocal millionaire and billionaire owners, says it protected 10,000 jobs. What is the technical definitoin of “protecting” a job, and when 80% of arena district jobs are office jobs, where in the world did he get that number from? Are there other things the city could have done with the arena money that is now spent covering operating expenses of the Blue Jackets?, and when will the Jackets win a game this year?October 19, 2015 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #1098108
The city’s flagship neighborhood program is Neighborhood Pride, and it has nothing to do with the LGBTQ communities. Instead, it is a program where every so often, neighborhoods submit competitive applications for the provision of one week’s worth of basic city services. In the past 15 years, 72 neighborhoods have been pride neighborhoods — an average of almost 5 neighborhoods per year. Mr. Ginther opposes council wards because he thinks it pits one neighborhood against another, although he has no problem with the city’s flagship neighborhood program that explicitly involves a judged competition for city services. If elected to office, would you take 30 – 45 seconds out of your busy schedule to develop a better neighborhood program than this?October 21, 2015 11:33 am at 11:33 am #1098359
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.
FACEBOOK EVENT #1: https://www.facebook.com/events/499438293567355/
FACEBOOK EVENT #2 : https://www.facebook.com/events/888026227919423/
PERISCOPE: https://www.periscope.tv/ColsUndergroundOctober 22, 2015 10:33 am at 10:33 am #1098469
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?October 22, 2015 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm #1098502
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?October 22, 2015 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm #1098503
What are your plans for dealing with the homeless youth/young adult issues in Columbus? There are few resources for serving kids who age out of the Foster System and cannot afford housing or college on their own with no supportive family system. Often these kids are institutionalized and criminalized, further limiting their opportunities?October 22, 2015 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm #1098522
Two terrific questions from MzLiz87.
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