CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 called Cincinnati City Council Candidate Kevin Flynn to ask him our five questions for city council candidates. Flynn 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.
Flynn is a native Cincinnatian who lives in Mt. Airy with his wife, Peggy, and their three children.
He graduated from UC College of Law and is a real estate attorney with the firm of Griffin Fletcher & Herndon. He's also worked as an adjunct professor for UC Law School for the last 20 years.
In 2002, Flynn was involved in a serious automobile accident which left him a quadriplegic. He says, "firefighters saved my life and The Drake Center gave me back my life." He served as Chairman of the Board and President of The Drake Center for six years.
Do you think privatized parking is a good idea?
Flynn says he is adamantly opposed to the current deal. He believes the concept of outsourcing parking to the private sector, if they can do it better and cheaper, is a good one. However, he says there was no time to review or discuss the proposal before it was voted on, and the specific deal providing up to $3 million per year is less than what the city currently receives in net revenue.
Flynn describes the parking lease as a short-term budget fix, "so full of holes it's like Swiss cheese."
Do you support the streetcar project?
No. Flynn believes the streetcar is not the best way to invest in the city's limited resources and feels the project should be terminated. He says the city's own numbers do not support the streetcar as an economic development project anymore and argues an economic analysis completed on the streetcar in August 2007 now contains invalid data.
What do you think about the condition of our public schools?
Flynn states we aren't enabling our students to grow out of their present economic condition. He calls schools "the great equalizer" for kids born into poverty and believes it's important to intervene earlier and keep them interested.
He says although CPS has its own board, city council can do a better job of partnering with the schools, such as combining recreational programs and bringing resources from the public library system into the schools.
What do you think would make Cincinnati a better place to live?
Flynn calls Cincinnati "a great place to live" but says the city faces many challenges. He believes leaders need to get a handle on the budget so the entire City of Cincinnati is safe, and has the perception of being safe, in order to attract new residents and businesses.
You can learn more about Kevin Flynn on his campaign website.