Miss V thought she was going to miss the Town Hall due to a death in the family, but the funeral was pushed back to the end of the week. I hope given the feedback from the other Town Halls that the Ward 7 Town Hall isn't a pep rally. Ward 7 is at a critical moment. Here are my questions for the Presumptive Mayor-Elect and Chairman Gray.
1) Let's fast forward to the end of this four year term. What does Ward 7 look like?
2) You campaigned on the theme "One City". Ward 7 is divided North versus South, New Residents (typically 30-somethings) versus Native Washingtonians (typically 50+), and Middle Class homeowners versus Public Housing residents. With all these underlying divides, how do you really plan to make us "One City"?
3) It appears that we recycle leadership in Ward 7. By recycle, I mean it is not uncommon to see the same handful of people who been in leadership for multiple years. As Mayor you would be in a position to appoint citizens to serve on Boards and Commissions. What is the plan to reach out to the next generation of leadership for Ward 7?
4) In 2012, Ward 7 will be voting on a Councilmember. What type of leader do you think Ward 7 needs to advance economic development plans, including getting New Communities back on track? What steps will you take to groom this person over the next two years?
5) A phrase said all too often to new residents is that we have to "pay our dues" before we are concerns matter or our voices are even heard. As the Mayor, how do you set the tone of balancing the needs and voices of all the City's residents?