FOX19 spoke with Cincinnati City Councilwoman Pam Thomas to ask her our five questions for city council candidates. Thomas is one of the 21 people vying for the 9 city council seats. Her responses are below.
Tell us about yourself
Thomas is a life-long resident of Hamilton County. She grew up in Blue Ash, graduating from Sycamore High School. After high school, Thomas attended UC, earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She continued her education at Sullivan University where she graduated summa cum laude with an MBA.
Over the years, Thomas has worked for the Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau and Cincinnati Public Schools. She retired from CPS in August of 2013.
Thomas was appointed to the council in April of this year after her husband, Cecil Thomas, stepped down.
Thomas and Cecil live in North Avondale.
Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
Thomas says she's not in favor of the privatized parking lease. She told us she didn't have an opportunity to vote on the lease and stated that she feels there are several flaws in the lease agreement.
Do you support the streetcar project?
Thomas says she voted against the streetcar project. Thomas says her feelings about the project changed when the city lost millions in federal funding. Thomas says she'd like to focus on Cincinnati's infrastructure. She'd like to see the city focus more on the Western Hills Viaduct and pot holes across the city.
What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
Thomas thinks all schools could be better but there has been some improvement over the last few years. She'd like to see neighborhood school funding and parent involvement go up. Thomas says the trick is figuring out how to engage parents. Thomas believes that CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan is taking the district in a good direction.
Thomas says her vision is to improve the city services for children like parks, schools, recreation centers and community pools. Thomas said she'd like to see our tax base grow by attracting businesses large and small that offer good jobs.
She'd like to see the council pass a structurally sound budget, something she says they haven't done since 2011. She proposes the city do a SWOT analysis.
Thomas says Cincinnati should be proud of our zoo, parks, arts, universities and hospitals.
You can learn more about ThomasThomas on her campaign website.
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