CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 called Cincinnati City Council Candidate Mike Moroski to ask him our five questions for city council candidates. Moroski is one of 21 candidates vying for 9 spots on the Cincinnati City Council in the November 2013 election. His responses are below.
Tell us about yourself
Mike moved to Cincinnati 16 years ago from Atlanta and currently lives downtown. He graduated from Xavier University with degrees in English and Secondary Education, and recently received his MBA in not-for-profit government and management relations.
He served as an educator at Moeller and later Assistant Principal at Purcell Marian. He previously made headlines when he was fired from Purcell over comments he made on a personal blog in support of gay marriage.
Mike has been involved in a number of non-profit groups and volunteer efforts in Cincinnati and says simply, "I love people."
Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
Mike says his "relationship" with the parking lease beginning last year until now has changed. He thinks the lease is going to benefit the city, but would like to see the bulk of funds go to new investment and believes the City of Cincinnati should re-evaluate the parking lease as it stands.
Do you support the streetcar project?
Mike has always supported the streetcar and still does. He says we need economic builders like the streetcar in our city, which is proven to promote job growth.
He says the streetcar needs to eventually make it to Uptown, and the city should continue to prioritize METRO and work with SORTA to make the region more appealing for young professionals and retirees to live and work.
What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
Mike says as a city council member, he would spend as much time as possible in Columbus lobbying for "our fair share in Cincinnati." He believes Governor Kasich's current plan does not allocate appropriate funding for schools within CPS.
As an educator himself, Mike says he has an affinity for all educators and will continue to advocate for schools.
What do you think would make Cincinnati a better place to live?
He believes more and more people are drawn to live in the city and not the suburbs. Mike wants to focus on transportation, including bike lanes across town.
He also says he wants to change the conversation. While Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods are all very unique, he believes we're still one city and should talk about it as a whole.
Mike points out we need to make Cincinnati a place people want to work and live.
Learn more about Mike Moroski on his campaign website.