PoliticsDetroit Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire: Stanley Christmas
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Q: If elected in the May special run-off election, and, assuming you are among the two finishers in the August primary, what three things can you promise to accomplish before the November run-off election?
A: (1.) Reengineer city services. (2.) Create a strong partnership with the Detroit School District and Lansing to require that graduation requirements become complusory in Detroit. (3.) Recruit one thousand reserve police officers and volunteer firefighters.
Q: Depending on who is doing the estimating, the city of Detroit faces a potential budget deficit of $100 million to $200 million by the end of this fiscal year in June. Name three specific cuts you'd make to help balance the budget and the savings they'd achieve.
A: (1.) Cut the cities non-essential vechile fleet. (2.) Cut non-essential neighborhood city halls and managers. (3.) Put a freeze on non-essential mayoral appointees.
Q: The city of Detroit continues to lose thousand of residents a year. Name one innovative program that you'd implement to reverse that trend.
A: Massive urban renewal, affordable housing, improve public education and offer free on-line college classes and computers to all Detroit Public School seniors with college potential.
Q: Do you think Detroit should continue to send garbage to its waste-to-energy incinerator?
A: Detroit must use more waste management technology to reduce health risk and decrease polluting the environment from waste disposal. The city must diversity and eventually get away from an antiquated incinertor waste management system.
Q: To reduce dependence on foreign oil and address the problem of climate change, President-elect Obama is promising that the federal government will make significant expenditures to promote the development of green technologies and energy-efficiency programs. What would you do as mayor to help Detroit become a leader in the "green economy"?
A: Require all city vehicles to operate using green energy from battery operated technology. Increase the use of solar, wind, rain and thermal-geo heating system technology in the city.
Q: Can you recount a difficult situation that required you to display a high degree of personal integrity?
A: I met a homeless man sleeping in the street who awoke and asked me for some money to buy food. Although I did not know if he would use the money to purchase liquor, I was compelled to help him anyway.
Q: What is one of the biggest mistakes you've made in your life, and what did you learn from it?
A: My biggest mistake in life was not becoming a foster care parent sooner and giving a child hope. I learned to be kind to everyone that I meet. For that person is carrying a terrible burden. Whether he or she acknowledges it, or knows it, or not.
Q: Name one of your favorite books (other than the Bible). Why is it significant?
A: Uncle Toms Cabin. It taught me that hope and help comes from all persons and genders.
Q: Tell us what one of your favorite movies is, and why it is that you like it so much.
A: My favorite movie is Roots. "If a person does not learn form the past, they are doomed to repeat it."
Q: Is their a piece of music or work of art that moves you deeply? Tell us why.
Q: What was your nickname as a kid?