A voter mentioned to me recently that they wish local news outlets and forums provided more personality and biographical information on the candidates. I agree. For example, I thought it was a legit question to ask a former vice-presidential candidate what she reads. Personally, as a voter I don’t feel I learn much about how someone thinks and processes information when they are simply asked: What would you do about X? I
I certainly recognize that the “what would you do?” and “where do you stand?” questions are part of the process. As a candidate, I’ve certainly been asked that bunches in the last month at neighborhood forums, in newspapers, and sometimes on front porches. Unfortunately, often when it goes to print the nuance of an answer on positions is lost in the filtration.*
In my experience going door to door, the front stoop discussions are about more general life, background, and character issues. This makes sense. Smart human resource departments the world over have invested heavily in how to best learn about the character and personality of someone — people do it naturally.
Two years ago on my blog, I did just that. You can read the responses for two of the current candidates who ran last time here and here. Now that I’m a candidate, I was contemplating answering the exact questions (listed below) here on A Strong Traverse City, but when I started it was too odd to answer my own questions. Instead, I invite you to send in your character questions and I’ll answer them in a post next week.
Put on your creative human resource hat and send in your question. I’ll answer any question (within reason) in a post next week. If you’d like one of the questions below answered, just send it in. If you want more of an issue question answered, I’ll certainly respond to you. Please note, that I will be writing a future post more specific to those.
What do you want to know?
Questions posed to City Commission candidates in 2011:
- What do you do in your spare time?
- What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?
- Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?
- What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?
- On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most likely, how would you rate your likelihood to increase your use of the following personal transportation methods?
- In response to question 5, what is your biggest obstacle to more transportation options?
- Please rate your level of participation in the following Traverse City activities (high to low): National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, Michigan Schooner Fest, Opera House Events, TC Microbrew & Music Festival.
- What are your thoughts about large events, like those in question 7, in Traverse City?
- Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?
- What are you for?
- What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?
* In the upcoming weeks, I will be posting more specific answers to some of the issue based questions facing the next City Commission.