Today we run the final responses to our reader questions for the two candidates running for mayor of Mission.
Besides redevelopment and infrastructure, how can the city improve quality of life for residents, maintain property values and make it an attractive choice for all ages?
I believe economic prosperity is the key to producing a high quality of life that will attract both residents and businesses alike. When we shrink the budget and pay down the enormous debt created by the current administration, we will be able to reduce fees and taxes. Lower taxes will lure more businesses to Mission, allow current businesses to hire that next employee, or simply allow a struggling business to endure the hardships of the current economy.
The City needs to improve its image throughout the metro area. Negative publicity over the past several years has been detrimental to property values in Mission. A better relationship between our police department and citizens is a priority. A more positive interaction between City government and citizens is vital in maintaining a quality of life in a small community. Government with common sense will attract more businesses and home owners to our great little City. Mission is and always has been a City for all ages. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It holds a great attraction for new families who want an affordable place to live. It has easy access to the highways and ten minutes from the Plaza, yet has that hometown feel that everybody loves. Properly maintaining our parks, pools and Community Center and we have the perfect City for all ages.
One of the fun parts of the campaign is going door-to-door to talk with neighbors about their thoughts for how we can improve our community. During these visits to almost every neighborhood I have met so many young people and couples who tell me their “Mission story” and why they have intentionally made the choice to live in Mission.
The stories are all unique, but similar. They first and foremost like our second-to-none location in the metro area. They also like the energy and the momentum that we have built as well as the trails, the Transit Center, improved streets and the investments that have been made in our neighborhoods.
“Re-Greening” our community with young people is one of the surest ways to maintain property values and to build on the momentum that has been created over the last 8 years.
We must also recognize that we all stand on the shoulders of the generations that came before us and that without neighbors who committed to putting down roots and raising families in Mission many years ago that we would not have a community to build upon. I have been committed to helping our seniors “age in place” and that is why, for example, I supported the agreement that made Mission Square, a senior independent living community, a reality.
The support for Mission Square was not unanimous as it was creative thinking that involved converting a municipal parking lot into a first class development. Maintaining property values and ensuring Mission is an attractive choice for all ages requires creativity, vision and the willingness to work with developers that want to invest in our community.
You can learn more about my campaign at www.DavidShepard.org
This is our final day of questions for mayoral candidates. Below are links to previous questions if you missed them: