This October 9, we’ll elect a new mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, three members of the Borough Assembly (seats A, F, and G), and two members of the Fairbanks City Council (seats A and B) . I’d like to make some endorsements — but I’ll need your help, first.
It may be naïvely hopeful, but I’d like to put out questionnaires to the mayoral and assembly candidates, asking their philosophies, knowledge, and goals about issues addressed in this blog. I would publish the results and make endorsements here; I would also try to publicize these results in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. As I say in my “About this blog” page:
The Fairbanks Pedestrian is a discussion of community-building, social capital, downtowns, neighborhood culture, city planning, domestic and civic architecture, public and private transportation, and the pleasures and difficulties of city living in Fairbanks, Alaska.
On that page, I also lay down five ideas central to this blog; you may want to refresh yourself.
Here’s an example of one possible question:
Social capital, which is written about most notably by Robert Putnam in Bowling Alone, is considered a source of personal and social wealth. It is measured by the density of an individual’s and a community’s social connections, by the degree of organizational membership and social or civic participation. Greater social capital is linked with greater health, increased public safety, improved educational outcomes, and less corrupt, more efficient local government. (More here.)
What have you done, in a political capacity, to foster social capital? And what will you do as [mayor / assembly member] to foster the growth of social capital in the Fairbanks North Star Borough? Please refer to actions within the purview of the [Mayor’s office / Borough Assembly].
So… What else would you like to know about your local candidates? What would you want to ask them, with regards to civic life, city planning, urban architecture, transportation, neighborhoods, public space, and rights of the car-free?
The filing deadline is August 17th. I would like to have list of questions ready by then. Let hear them!