2020 City Council and Mayoral Questionnaire


As an Arizona non-profit, Friends of Flagstaff’s Future does not endorse candidates for public office. Questions and answers are presented here to provide information to our members and the public.

 

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Becky Daggett

Paul Deasy

Anthony Garcia

Jim McCarthy

Eric Nolan

Charlie Odegaard

Eric Senseman

Miranda Sweet

 

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What three attributes do you consider Flagstaff’s greatest assets and why?


What government strategies and policies, if any, do you believe can address Flagstaff’s high cost of living and unaffordability? 


Flagstaff’s High Occupancy Housing Plan was approved in 2018 and staff is starting to bring to Council changes to the zoning code promoted in the plan. What are your thoughts about the goals in this plan regarding building height, location and size and do you think they are adequate to deal with the concerns people have expressed about this type of housing going into the future? 


In 2018 the City Council passed the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. Just recently they declared a Climate Emergency and elevated the goals of the CAAP to carbon neutrality by 2030. What strategies would you prioritize in order to achieve carbon neutrality and how will you reallocate budget resources or come up with new revenue streams to fund these changes? 


Flagstaff has been using reclaimed water to replace the use of potable water for applications such as irrigation, toilet flushing and snowmaking. City Water Services is starting a study to consider how to manage reclaimed water for the long term. The study will consider whether to expand its use, use it for aquifer recharge, or reserve it as a future potential source of drinking water (after further processing). What are your thoughts about the future of reclaimed water use?


Flagstaff has long used tiered water rates for residential customers as an incentive to conserve water (under tiered rates, the price per gallon increases as usage rises). Do you favor extending tiered rates to commercial and industrial customers?


Flagstaff’s minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour on January 1, 2022. On January 1, 2026 the tipped minimum wage, which is currently $3 less than the full minimum wage, will match the full minimum wage. Do you support the minimum wage ordinance that was approved by Flagstaff voters?


What, if anything, do you believe the City ought to do to support and protect undocumented residents?


In light of the recent national protests against racism and police violence, many people are calling for re-imagining the role of policing in our communities. How do you envision applying this to Flagstaff?


What are your three greatest concerns regarding Flagstaff’s future and what steps should we take to help address them?