(JK:) You stress the importance of stable city government, in order to encourage future development in Atlantic City. What city-wide issues in government will you address to ensure stability?
(SL:) Stable city government is key to improving the quality of life here in our city. We do not presently have a stable government. If you are happy with the status quo then hold your elected officials accountable; if not, make that change and make your voice and choice heard. A stable government will encourage and give confidence to investors in economic developments for the city, to the benefit of its citizens. I would fund the ethics committee now, and re-introduce the pay-to-play ordinances for the city. The county government has an ordinance that would make all professionals bid on contracts. We must mirror that ordinance.
(JK:) Why did you decide to challenge long-time Councilman Tim Mancuso?
(SL:) Over time, some elected officials, who are incumbents, lose their zest for good government. We have witnessed this over and over. I believe our current councilman has taken the voters of the 6th Ward for granted. Look throughout the 6th Ward – the streets, light standards, landscaping and general city services are poor. He has had a problem with misuse of issued city vehicles. Unlike ordinary citizens that he represents, his DWI charge has yet to be heard in a court of law – when the law calls for that to happen within 60 days. It has now been six months.
(JK:) Do you have any second thoughts about giving your vintage car away?
(SL:) No, that car was a labor of love and like love should be shared. Much like that car, being good Legislators should be a labor of love not a position of entitlement which we currently are witnessing by our city councilman here in the 6th Ward.
(JK:) Where do you stand on the four ballot questions?
(SL:) No, No, No, and No.
(JK:) Some of the people who read my blog are interested in political theory. What is your idea of city government?
(SL:) There is only one word for political theory and that is Integrity. My idea of any city government is low taxes, void of any corruption, outstanding services, reviews of outside agencies, routinely having a city that stands against and competes with other cities for those types of services. Honest election. And listen, – get to know your residents and their concerns.
(JK:) How have the events of the past few months, in AC government, affected your idea of city government?
(SL:) Amazed! We have a true opportunity to make changes in this election. Everyone should get involved and vote. This is the only way to invoke change [in] our government.
(JK:) What would be the best outcome, hypotheticallly-speaking, for the current Mayoral situation?
(SL:) Less than ¼ of the residents of Atlantic City vote. My goal is to turn that apathy around. Appointment is what the law mandates for the opening of the Mayor’s office at this time. We are a nation of laws -abide by them.
(JK:) If there were a special election for Mayor, who would you like to see elected?
(SL:) I do not plan to run for the office of mayor in this special election. It is too early to tell which person would serve our city best.