CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 called Vanessa White to ask her our five questions for city council candidates. White is one of 21 candidates vying for 9 spots on the Cincinnati City Council in the November 2013 election. Her responses are below.
Q: Tell us about yourself
White is a native Cincinnatian. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Criminal Justice, received her MBA from Xavier University and is working towards her doctorial degree in Education Policy and Higher Education. White worked for fifteen years in the child and family welfare profession. She is very active in the community and a current board member of the Cincinnati Board of Education. She has also worked with ArtsWave and the Fine Arts Fund.
Married with five children, three of which are 15-year-old triplets, White and her husband live in North Avondale. Her husband works as a higher education administrator.
Q: Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
No. White says that she doesn't believe it is a good idea to sell off city assets.
Q: Do you support the streetcar project?
No. White says that she does support transportation projects, but she does not support the current plan. She says that it made more sense when the route was longer and went to employment establishments. She also feels that timing and resources are not good for the project currently.
Q: What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
As a current member of the Cincinnati Board of Education, White feels that a lot of work still needs to be done. The city has made a lot of improvements, but choice needs to be expanded, due to the cities high mobility, and free and reduced lunches should be more obtainable. White feels the conditions of our city also need to be enhanced in order to progress our public schools. White strongly believes that advancing economic validity is tied closely to the advancement of our public schools.
White suggests that if you look at other cities whose city leaders are heavily involved in the well being of the school systems, the public school systems are growing. She thinks that city hall needs to begin to work more closely with the school districts in order to nurture our schools.
Education and workplace development go hand in hand as well. Jobs that are available are requiring advanced training; we have to be more intentional about how we train our students, said White.
Q: What do you think would make Cincinnati a better place to live?
White feels that we need to build equity in our neighborhoods by creating more developed communities with mixed income housing that are more inclusive and more attractive to people. She also feels we need to advance business friendly policies which will enable businesses and innovators to grow the economy and create jobs for the urban core.
She also states that youth opportunities need to be made available. Recreation centers aren't fully up and running. Even with social media, kids aren't getting notifications about activities and places to go to as well as the need for increased accessibility of programs.
White also wants to have high school students have one meaningful internship before they graduate in order to gain experience that they can apply to their post secondary education aspirations.
You can learn more about Vanessa White on her campaign website.