Q&A with City Council Candidates
We asked the nine candidates for the three Batavia City Council at-large seats a series of seven questions -- all candidates were asked the same questions. Below are links to each candidate's Q&A.
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for James Rosenbeck - Libertarian
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Lisa Whitehead - Libertarian
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Eugene Jankowski Jr. - Republican
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Incumbent Brooks Hawley - Republican
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for John Deleo - Republican
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Incumbent Rose Mary Christian - For The People
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Diana Kisiel Kastenbaum - Democrat
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for Tom Clark - Democrat
- City Council at Large Candidate Questions for John Demske - Democrat
Rose Mary is on the council but she is seeking an at large spot in order to retain power when she moves out of ward 6
Well, this helped me eliminate 3 of the nine from consideration, Well Done Batavian
9 very well thought out and serious answers. Well done to all the candidates and thank you for the respect towards the voters. Throughout the last 10 months, it has been my privilege to become acquainted with Jim & Debbie Rosenbeck and Lisa & Rich Whitehead. Good, intelligent, straightforward honest people, the kind you’d want for a neighbor or co-worker. I’m sure the other 7 folks are all good people as well and want Batavia to continue to be the great family place that it is. The difference lies in the vision.
Anyone who is elected will have to deal with the challenges of the present, obviously. Each decision though should be made with an eye toward the future, because each decision will affect the future. What do we all want Batavia and Genesee County to be in 10 years? 20 years? The city manager has already said that taxes will have to increase next year to maintain the current level of government; the county is raising them this year. This isn’t sustainable. This trend can begin to turn around only if government becomes more transparent to you, the resident and taxpayer. Can electing 2 people to a city council of 9 change everything immediately? No of course not, no reasonable person expects this. Jim & Lisa each have created facebook sites which I will provide links to at the end of this comment. Currently they are campaign sites, but both have pledged to continue them if elected to share their thoughts and ask for your input. This along with the meetings in the various neighborhoods, which others have also mentioned will create greater transparency. The people of Batavia need to be better brought into the decisions of their government. It has to start somewhere, this is a good start.
Transparency and trust are at the core of the differences between libertarians and authoritarians. Authoritarians say things like “I am elected by the people to represent them and make the best decisions for them”. Libertarians say “As much information and choices possible need to be made public, so the people can be heard. Authoritarians want you to trust them, Libertarians trust you.
Yes, there are plenty of bright, creative people in Batavia and Genesee County, everyone has something to offer. Together we can keep all that is good about our home and make it better, but only if we take control of our government.
I ask Batavians to please consider my friends, Jim Rosenbeck and Lisa Whitehead to serve as your council representatives. Thank You
A very useful report... thanks Batavian. Too bad more people don't pay closer attention to these... maybe we'd elect better candidates.