Don's Responses to the CASA in Action Q&A
1) Why do you believe that your candidacy is particularly compelling to CASAinAction members?
- I am dedicated to listening to all residents and being a voice for every community. Maintaining a broad housing base that is owned by local residents whether they reside in the home or are landlords, not private equity firms that do not have a connection to the local economy. Providing effective and functioning school buildings and environments conducive to learning for our students. Respect for and protection of all cultures, religions, and persons with disabilities. Increasing the safety of our neighborhoods through connections with local residents and the police that can monitor areas of concern.
- Yes. The Rockville police department can take care of our own residents' safety without external intervention.
- No. The future of our Democracy resides in the citizens of this country, as those who are born or take the pledge to uphold the Constitution have a greater commitment and dedication to the place in which they live. If one wishes to give voting privileges to temporary residents who are now being arrested or under suspicion of assisting the current president of corruption of our democracy (i.e. Russians), then we should get together and talk so I may help explain why the current situation is not in the best interests of anyone dedicated to living and working in this country.
- No. There are other creative ways to create and maintain affordability of housing that are being implemented and tested in other areas of the country. These newer and creative ways of providing affordable housing should be tried and tested by the City to find out if we can effectively create and maintain quality housing for all residents.
- There is a myriad of issues facing the City of Rockville that need addressing and resolution. They all have an effect on the quality of life for residents, and vary based on the neighborhood in which one lives. We also have the difficulty of being a city within a county, and rely on the county for many services of which we have little to no control over. However, having lived in the area my whole life, I've seen a pattern play out in many counties in the DC area. That is the “build-baby-build” because we need the revenue and will be left behind if we don't approach – versus the slow-growth, smart-growth, or no-growth approach. Providing a safety net for resident owners so they are not “priced out” of the community where they have roots and have lived for years is something I am very interested in investigating and attempting to provide a financially viable implementation.