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1/13/2017 4:56:00 PM
Carlis Sutton, Candidate for Fifth Ward Alderman

These are Carlis Sutton’s unedited answers to questions submitted to all Fifth Ward Aldermanic candidates by the RoundTable.

Question: Please provide information on your educational background; employment/professional background; volunteer and civic activities; and other attributes that qualify you for the position of Alderman of the Fifth Ward.

Educational Background:

            - Third Generation Property Owner in the Fifth Ward;

            - Foster Elementary School

            - Haven Junior High

            - Evanston Township High School (1960)

            - University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, B.S. History and Government

            - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.Ed.

            - Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, Juris Doctorate.

Employment/Professional Background:

            - Illinois Teaching Certificates; Elementary, Secondary, Administration

            - Retired Teacher Districts 65 And 202

            - Over Forty Years of Teaching

Volunteer And Civic Activities:

            - Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Republic of Liberia, West Africa

            - Senior Deacon Second Baptist Church

            - Sunday School Teacher (Teens)

            - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

            - Save Our Parks, Organized Gilbert Park Club

            - Frequent Commentator at City Council Meetings

            - Panel Contributor to Leadership Evanston

Question: What would be your top three priorities as Alderman? What would you do to advance your priorities?

            - Available and Responsive To Constituents Concerns

            - Senior Housing, Health and Transportation Issues

            - Economic Development and Under-employment Concerns

Question: What are the top three challenges facing the Fifth Ward? What would you do as Alderman to address the challenges?

            - Support Homeowners in Utililizing Access to Grants and Loans to Repair and Maintain Ownership

            - Job Training and Educational Initiatives for Underemployed Youth

             - Identifying Abandon/Vacant Commercial Buildings and Securing Programs and Investment Opportunities

    The way to address them is to format existing programs that address these concerns and collaborate with developers.

Question: What should the City do to address youth violence? Is it doing enough, should it do things differently?

            - Work with the Recreational Department to Increase More Activities

            -  Collaborate with PEER Services to Provide Drug Abuse Counseling and Access to Education at the Junior College Level

            - Continue to Control/Limit Access to Weapons

            - Increase Mentoring and Support Services

            There is work to be done to make residents feel safe in our community.

Question:What should the City do to promote economic development in the Fifth Ward? Is it doing enough, should it do things differently?

     - Enforcement of City and Department of Housing and Urban Development hiring policies

Question: What do you think about police-community relations in the Fifth Ward? In the City?

       -Continue Visibility and Cooperation With Officers.

        -Increase Transparency and Monitoring of Complaints

        -Increase Citizen Participation in Training Programs

        - Create an Independent Citizens Board

 Question: Name some things the City should do to preserve or create additional affordable housing.

             - Enforce the Inclusionary Zoning Program of the City

            - Instead of Lieu of Payments, Set Aside the Number of Units,

            - Make Units Available Instead of Accepting Cash

            - Publicize the Current Rehab Program for Housing to the Community

            - Make Available the Affordable Housing Tax Program to Medium and Small Landlords

 Question: Do you support Evanston’s Cradle to Career initiative and partnering with community organizations to increase opportunities for youth? Please provide your views.

Yes. I would encourage this program to do more outreach to parents in our community.

Question How should the City promote equity?

       - Prioritize Local Residents for Employment Rather Than Outsourcing Community Jobs.

       - Stop Hiring Outside Consultants Who Don't Take Into Account Community Concerns

 Question: The City has taken steps toward becoming a sustainable City. What will you do as Alderman to promote sustainability in ways that will be affordable for all residents?

            - Replace Trees in the Fifth Ward That Were Devastated By Diseases

            - Increase Recycling of Electrical and Technical Equipment

            - Reconsider Selling Our Water Without Benefitting Residents 




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