City Council Pos. 7
One candidate running for this position responded to our questionnaire:
Lawrence Genova Primaried Out
Two candidates did not respond to our questionnaire:
Kevin Andre White
Leo R. Gruba
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Do you support Sanctuary Status for the area you would represent? Please explain.
Yes. Yes, but I don’t think DuPont would support since it’s a primarily conservative town with about 9000 people. Tacoma, which is the largest nearby city, has also not taken a stance on sanctuary status. The Tacoma mayor admitted that she couldn’t totally support it because she knows that she does have a detainment center within city limits that may have undocumented immigrants.
PCYD & WA Democrats Resolutions
What resolutions from PCYDs or the WA Democrat State Party do you align with?
(PCYD: Decline to Sign I-1552, Petition: Tacoma City Council: Protect Undocumented Immigrants #HereToStay)
I say NO to I-1552 since that discriminates against transgender Americans. I also think Tacoma City Council should protect undocumented immigrants.
Goals & Needs of Constituency
If you could achieve three accomplishments in your coming term, what would they be?
1) Set up a monthly Farmer's Market in DuPont that include food trucks.
2) Improve communication between city government and its residents by re-configuring the city's Facebook groups.
3) Re-establish Youth Council to work on development of extracurricular options in the neighborhood for teens, since there currently are none.
What are the top five needs of your constituency?
1) Decrease traffic near exit 119,
2) Staff our fire department with paramedics,
3) Attract more businesses such as restaurants and stores to DuPont,
4) Maintain safety and quality of life,
5) Provide extracurricular options for teens
Connecting with Young People
How do you plan to involve the voices and needs of young people?
By campaigning on re-establishing the Youth Council to include teens and young adults.
Do you have any plans for improving police-minority relations? Please explain your response.
No. There are already minorities on the police force. This town is a small military town and therefore has a lot of minorities (Black, Hispanic, and Asian). Therefore, DuPont does not have a problem with police-minority relations.
How will you advocate for the homeless population? Including in regards to city camp sweeps and voting rights?
While I do support helping our homeless population and have even volunteered at non-profits that support the homeless, DuPont does not have a homeless population. With a town of only about 9000 people, DuPont does not experience the same magnitude of issues that a bigger city would face. Like I mentioned earlier, it's primarily a conservative-run town. Although my views are progressive, my goal is to figure out how to win their trust. This will help in the long run on a state or national level when the goal will eventually be to compete against a Republican for votes.
Net Neutrality & Internet Privacy
Would you advocate for Net Neutrality on a Federal Level? Please explain your response.
Note: There was an error when creating the questionnaire that originally required a 2250 character response. Any additional characters candidates added as filler only have been removed.
Yes. There are many reasons why Net Neutrality is a good thing. For the sake of brevity, I’m only going to focus on one: innovation. But before advocating for or against Net Neutrality, it’s important for people to understand what it is. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are dominated by companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon who provide package deals that include internet, TV, land line, mobile phone, and other services primarily for homes and companies. They also promote tiered services and premium subscriptions where, for an increased cost, a customer can enjoy the benefits of more data, bandwidth, and other features.
ISPs who are against Net Neutrality say that it hampers “innovation” and the free market. They predict that without Net Neutrality, it will decrease the costs for customers who use the internet very minimally while heavy users and companies can pursue higher tiered options. So on the surface, this all looks good. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see that not only does Net Neutrality NOT hamper innovation, it actually allows it to thrive.
I still remember back when internet on mobile phones was just barely getting started. Most people had Nokia and Motorola phones at the time--long before the iPhone, Droid, and even the Blackberry. SMS and the higher-priced MMS were charged either individually or as part of a monthly subscription that also included a specific number of minutes. And for a cent per kilobyte, I know I could get on the internet from my Motorola Razr, but it was slow to load and couldn’t load a website properly anyway. Also, because I was in the Air Force and stationed in Germany at that time and I often called back home to the U.S. from my home phone, I think I paid about 3 cents per minute, which got really expensive.
Eventually Vonage came out where I could make calls over the internet for about $25 per month. This was the beginning of voice-over-IP (VOIP). My favorite part about Vonage was having a portable U.S. phone number that I could take with me wherever I moved. And then more recently, phone companies got smart and made minutes, SMS, and MMS unlimited while focusing more on tiered data plans. This was likely a response to Blackberry, Apple’s iMessage, What’s App, and other messaging apps that which allowed the user to send messages similar to SMS and MMS without having to pay the “per use” cost. Even companies like Comcast/Xfinity saw where the market was headed and collaborated with Netflix. So now, I can watch Netflix on my TV via Xfinity’s OnDemand. Of course VOIP continued to innovate. After Vonage came Skype, Tango, Facetime, and Google Hangouts--and Facebook even got in on it too. In the end, this provided the customer with more and more options and lower the cost.
Without Net Neutrality, all of that would not have been possible. Phone companies like the Madison River Communications company would’ve continued to restrict Vonage. Comcast wouldn’t have collaborated with Netflix. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure that, in the beginning, I wasn’t even able to login to my Netflix account, even though my flat-screen TV had an option to connect directly to the internet. It was pretty obvious why--time spent watching on Netflix is time away from watching on Comcast. But like I said--they got smart. They innovated and it was because of Net Neutrality.
How would you protect people in your area from having their info sold through ISP?
Amend the DuPont Municipal Code to prohibit service providers from selling our residents private information.
Incumbency, PCYD's Involved & Campaign Consultants
Are you an incumbent to this position?
Do you have any staff from PCYDs currently working or volunteering for you? If so, what are their names?
What consultants for this current campaign have you worked/collaborated with?
I’ve consulted with Jeff Zenk, Democratic Precinct Committee Officer in Mason County.