Q. Where you surprised by the appointment? - "A little bit. There were 11 very competent candidates up there. I wouldn't be surprised if they had picked any one of them."
Q. Why did you seek the appointment? - "I love the City. I chose to live here and have been here since '08. I love the people. I do have experience that I think is relevant to City Council."
Q. Name one thing you'd like to get done in the next two years? - I'd like to dust off the Jeff Speck walkability report and implement some of its recommendations." [This report was prepared for the City in 2009].
Q. Is the Southside improving? - "Yeah. Things are picking up and improving on the Southside. The perception is improving, too. There are some incredible small businesses. People just need to give it a chance."
Q. What about the poverty there? - "Part of those things are out of our hands. But this is where walkability comes into play. If you have to drive to your job, it's going to be a major impediment for many people with no car."
Q. Will you run in two years? - I'm not sure. I'll have to see how I feel two years from now."