With the goal of keeping local parents (and voters) as informed as possible about all things parent-related, the editors of Rocket City Mom compiled “4 Questions for the Candidates”. We asked all the Huntsville City and Madison City candidates to answer the same four questions, and have published their responses unedited and as they have sent them to us.
Get to know a little about each candidate and where they stand on serving local families in our full Know Your Vote series. We encourage all of our readers to exercise their democratic right and vote on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
4 Questions with Jocelyn Broer
Q. What do you see as the top three most pressing issues facing Huntsville today? What are your plans to address those issues?
We need to create revenue, not problems, for our residents. We can do this with proper planning and fiscal responsibility. Our homeowners pay a premium to live in Madison and we need to look out for that investment and our quality of life. Our schools are crowded and our roads are getting busier and less safe. We need to have proper signage and crosswalks with lights where needed. We need to keep our green spaces and buffers between businesses and residential areas.
An Innovative Education System
When all of our resources go to building new schools, we lose focus on keeping up with innovative learning techniques and preparing students for a 21stCentury workforce. We need to focus on math, science, and technology programs so we can build our workforce from within our own city.
Accountability in Local Government
In order for government and law enforcement to maintain trust with the public, we must be transparent on the policies, processes, and outcomes that affect our communities.It shouldn’t take days and weeks of research and phone calls to track down public contracts. Public comments made during City Council meetings should be just that: public and entered into the minutes as they are spoken. Police should protect and serve. As City Councilor, I will make certain that we have policies and procedures in place that hold law enforcement officers accountable for their actions, and I will advocate for further training that prevents unacceptable incidents from ever occurring in the first place.
Q. Why do you believe you are the right person for this office?
As a mom, wife, neighbor, and owner of a small communications business, I am invested in this community and have shared many of the same challenges you face. I have worked full-time for national advertising agencies and have also stayed home with my young children. I was involved in the MOMS Club, donated my time by putting out newsletters, and took my turn as president of the chapter. I know how difficult it is to balance work and family. Busy parents should be able to focus on their families and know their City Council member will have their backs. I will be the person to keep you informed and reach out to you for your input on issues.
Q. What will you do differently than the incumbent?
I will be unbiased when it comes to making decisions for our community. My opponent’s business experience includes sports fields, parks and hotels. I promise you this: I will never accept donations from developers and will always keep our community’s best interests at heart. We need to make a long-term plan for the future of our city and stick to decisions made on zoning and variances.
Q. What is your overall vision/mission when it comes to families living in your city? What are your ideas about how to best serve them specifically?
Let’s connect our sidewalks to green spaces and add retail and restaurants that we can walk and bike to. We are a healthy, active, family-focused community and that should be reflected in the businesses we attract. I am listening to all of my neighbors and will poll them to see what they would most like to have in the area. Then I will reach out to those businesses about joining our community.
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