Q & A: Dejeon Cain
Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Candidates were asked to keep their responses to 100 words or less.
Occupation: Police service technician, University of Florida Police Department
Education: Gainesville High School (2003)
Political offices: None
Past elections: None
Party affiliation: Democrat
Community involvement: Member, Anointed Truth Ministries; Gainesville Police Explorers; Alachua County Teen Court; Habitat for Humanity; Black on Black Crime Task Force
Contact: 352-275-6009, firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. What are the biggest issues the city faces, and how would you as a commissioner solve them?
Jobs, jobs, jobs: I plan to work hard on bringing down our current U.S. unemployment rate, starting here in Gainesville. Lower energy cost: We need more competition within energy in our city. GRU has been allowed to take advantage of our citizens and students for much too long, and it's time we take action. I propose we deregulate our energy laws. Supporting city employees: All of our city and service employees work hard for us and deserve fair wages. Extend club hours: I propose that we stop the alcohol ordinance at 2 a.m. and extend club hours until 4 a.m. so students and Gainesville citizens are allowed to sober up and drive home safely.
2. The city is projecting a nearly $2 million shortfall for its two-year budget period ending in 2013. What initiatives should the commission put in place to raise revenues or cut expenses to make up the gap?
Find government grants, find potential donors for specific projects/programs and look for waste in spending. We should not put the burden on the citizens of Gainesville.
3. What are your thoughts on the city’s 30-year contract to purchase biomass power?
I feel that biomass is not good for our community. We need to put “Deregulation” on the ballot and let the citizens decide. (They also need unbiased education on the matter.) Citizens of Gainesville should be able to pick the utilities that best fit their needs. We can no longer afford to be monopolized.
4. Do you support making changes to employee pension plans? Explain.
No, because what the city promised must be upheld. The word of our commissioners is our bond. The citizens rely on the City Commission’s word. We do not need to tamper with our families’ livelihood.
5. What steps, if any, can and should the city take to improve the local economy?
Streamline codes for more businesses, Make it easier to attract new businesses, deregulate and open up the market for more growth, which means more monies in the community and more jobs for the citizens, and so goes the economic circle.