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 John Seifert
Q. What do you see as the top three most pressing issues facing Huntsville today? What are your plans to address those issues?
As your current District 7 councilman, I am proud of the accomplishments our council and mayor body have made over the past 4 years of improving our commercial business base, yielding in a +10% revenue growth over that period, infrastructure and community connectivity, parks and recreational facilities and worked with our community partners to develop a growth roadmap and policy for the future. There is still so much more we can accomplish in these areas and this is why I am running. My plans to address these top priorities will be to continue the good work accomplished in smart city growth with focus on commercial development, infrastructure improvements and refurbishments and improvements in our parks and recreation facilities and amenities for improved quality of life.
Q. Why do you believe you are the right person for this office?
I firmly believe my past 4 years of experience gained and community financial and quality of life improvements delivered on this council will lend directly in continuing to serve the citizens of Madison’s District 7 community for another term. I also bring to the table leadership, communication and financial management skills I have honed, and continue to develop, as part of my current career as a Department of Defense (DoD) contract program manager.
Q. As the incumbent, what new or existing initiatives do you look forward to working on?
As the current councilman for District 7, I look forward to further economic developments throughout the city such as Town Madison, historic downtown Madison and the potential opportunities for redevelopment along our highway 72 corridor. I also look forward to many road improvements whether achieved through our partnership with Madison County Commissioner, Steve Haraway and sidewalk additions through our Public Work department investment saving the city at least 50% on walkability projects. Last, but certainly not least, I look forward to our continued investment in our children through refurbishments of our park and recreation facilities as demonstrated over the past 4 years through the Palmer Park expansion and parking improvements at Dublin.
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?
I believe in our city’s mission statement crafted and lived out in the past 4 years. “The City of Madison’s mission is to provide excellent services through responsible use of public resources, enhancing the quality of life for our community”. Our employees crafted this mission statement and I see them all strive to live this out in everything they do for our citizens. I believe we serve them directly through listening to their needs and desire and providing for them excellent service from our employees and return on their investment in quality of life improvements.
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