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.
- 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.
- 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