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Joe Denton – Ottumwa City Council

By Nick Davis, September 18, 2017

Candidates were given the following instructions along with the candidate questionnaire:
Include your name, the office you are running for, your phone number and email.
RESPONSES MUST BE TYPED AND EMAILED.
We will post your responses in full and unedited (do your own spell check)

  1. Explain why you are running for public office.
    • Family,ottumwa people,i believe i can be a great help on getting ottumwa back on a positive  note .
  2. What will be your primary focus if elected?
    • Communication between City Council and the public we have to come together .
  3. How long have you lived in Ottumwa?
    • 40 years
  4. What is your professional/work history? Are you working now?
    • Local 33 plumber Mcdonald’s casey’s excel dixon’s winger and still at winger
  5. Please provide a list of your volunteer activities and some information about those activities. (include time on city boards, commissions, councils, etc).
    • Working family celebrations, southern iowa labor council,
  6. What is your educational background?
    • Douma,evans,ohs,local 33 trade school
  7. Who is your biggest political influence? Why?
    • My family you have to get involved to make changes.
  8. We often hear from individuals seeking public office of a need for better transparency and communication with the public. What specifically will you do if elected to improve transparency and communications?
    • Union steward for ten years.
  9. What are the three most pressing issues facing the City of Ottumwa? How would you address those issues?
    • Public safety,jobs, communication get voted in and pull your sleeves and go to work .
  10. What skills, qualities or experience do you possess that separate you from your opponents?
    • Great listener, problem solver ,not afraid to get down to work.
  11. What can the city of Ottumwa do and what should it do to ease the property tax burden put on homeowners?
    • Better jobs, better pay, bring back businesses.
  12. What can the city do to help young adults and millennial become home owners?
    • Better paying jobs.
  13. What can the City of Ottumwa do to improve the overall quality of our roads? Would you support a one time massive push to improve all roads, even if that meant borrowing a large amount of money?
    • No i would not support a loan to fix our streets.
  14. What can the City of Ottumwa do to improve quality of life activities for it’s residents?
    • Getting more people involved with the actives.
  15. What can the City of Ottumwa do to help establish new attractions? (Example: Museums, zoos, casino, traveling attractions, concerts, festivals, events, etc)
    • Music venue outdoor concert hall. Lazy river at the beach.
  16. Do you support efforts to revitalize downtown Ottumwa including: White Box Program, Roof Program, Facade Improvement Program, Upstairs Apartments Program, downtown camera system, street-scaping plan, Canteen Alley Project, Etc.? Should these programs be expanded to other business districts?
    • Yes i support revitalize downtown.
  17. Ottumwa has long held a great financial rating, however budgets continue to decline state wide. Should Ottumwa consider eliminating or privatizing city services in order to make quality of life improvements for citizens? Explain including what services you would consider cutting or privatizing.
    • Cutting none,no privatizing.
  18. Do you believe that tax credits, breaks and other benefits given to box stores wishing to locate in Ottumwa (Example: Hobby Lobby, Kohls) harms other businesses already located here? Should the city continue offering those tax breaks and benefits? Should the council decide to stop offering these types of tax breaks, what would you do to continue attempting to attract new businesses?
    • Yes we have to give tax break to get new companies but they have to be the right amount so that the turnaround is faster.
  19. Which is more important for Ottumwa’s prosperity in the future: Retail or manufacturing (industry)? Explain.
    • Industry more jobs and better pay
  20. Wapello County has a higher unemployment rate than all bordering counties and is often considered one of the top 3 poorest in the state of Iowa. Why do you feel that is the case and what would you do to correct it?
    • No jobs

 

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