A representative future
The future I see for Fishers is a representative democracy that has fiscally responsible, controlled growth, and an engaged community that is informed.
Here are my thoughts
Fishers is on the fast track to becoming a congested and towering city. If we want to be an entrepreneurial city, why are we pushing out our small businesses?
We should slow our growth until we have a better handle on traffic.
Why are we holding onto debt, when becoming a debt free city is possible? I believe it is possible for Fishers to not only continue to grow, but relieve debt at the same time. There are other cities that we can learn from. This is not an instant change, but a gradual one over several years. Having a ‘AAA’ rating from Standard and Poor is great, but having a controllable debt is better.
As citizens we should have every opportunity possible to engage with our local city council. The way to do that is to better advertise council meetings, and have them at more accessible times, improving communication. We can use social media to our advantage for a low cost way of getting information out so that our citizens can be informed.
Childcare access must be available for those that cannot attend otherwise.
Participation by residents in government strengthens our democracy and our government. We have a wide variety of tools at our hands that we can use to encourage participation and get feedback. By working together, we can create a better community for everybody.
What do YOU want to see happen with Fishers?
I’m not running for City Council for just myself, but also for those I hope to represent. Tell me what you want to see happen.
Hello! My name is Sam DeLong and I am running for Fishers City Council, North Central District. I was born in Indy, raised in Greenwood, and have lived all over the city. My husband and I moved our family here in July of 2018. We have two little sons, and two dogs.
I graduated from the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.
In our free time, we enjoy exploring Sand Creek Trail, which runs through our neighborhood. We bike, walk, rollerblade, and chase our children. We go to Billericay Park to enjoy the splash pad at least once a week. We are always looking for new restaurants to try, but our children love the mac and cheese with applesauce from McAllister’s the most. Who is going to argue with those adorable little faces?!
‘Wow’, you may say, ‘you just moved here, and already running for city council?’. Why yes, yes I am. Though my family has only been here for a year, this is where we feel we belong.
I want to be engaged with this beautiful city and make sure that all of our voices are heard. Our current city council does not accurately represent those living in this community. Single party control rarely, if ever, results in a fair and balanced agenda. Without the checks and balances of opposing views, limited points of view can lead to changes that do not represent the best interests of a city or community. We must focus on finding common sense solutions to the problems that we have, making progress wherever possible.
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