Cody W. Shoemaker
Candidate for Mayor
Do you support additional city funding for a new building to house the Juneau Arts and Culture Center?
Bills debts and family
I’m running because I feel there are a lot of other people that think the same way as me; feeling like a little more disenfranchised, like so much that their vote doesn’t count. I’m mainly doing this because I don’t like feeling stuck like that and I know other folks don’t like feeling stuck like that. I think that Juneau is a unique place to live and we should engage and there shouldn’t be anybody feeling like they’re not a part of the conversation here. I think everybody deserves to have a voice here.
I have a lot of friends that are dealing with this and I just talked to a friend of mine who owns a restaurant and he’s paying about $900 a month for child care. He told me it’s pretty expensive and with him owning a restaurant even, it’s taken a large chunk of his money out. As the government goes, if the citizens are battling something or dealing with something that they can’t really overcome, or there’s no real solution for, the government should step in and help the citizens and the community because that’s essentially what the government is to do, is to service the community and help the citizens. I really believe that.
The public safety concerns would be, we’d have to make more public service announcements. Letting the people know about what’s happening here in the city, knowing about what our main concerns are right now, if there’s a spike in burglaries or stuff. We need to let people know to lock your homes and just to be safe. There’s some information out there that can be relayed to the people to help neighborhoods stay more protected, like keep an eye out if you see vehicles in your neighborhood that you’ve never seen before, you know. We can do those things and they are not essentially costing so much money out of the system or from the community or taxpayers even, and I think it does a large part in keeping people aware.
I don’t have any specific ideas. What I have been doing is looking specifically on Alaska’s statistics. I mean I’ve been looking at like our drug statistic, our crime statistic and our education statistic is a large one. There’s no direct solution, I feel like, for the housing. Because, what I hear most is we have a high rent and what most people can come up with a good solution for is for property taxes, and the majority of people here are not owning homes, they’re renting. So if we lower property taxes for a home, what’s going to say that rent drops for the property even? So it’s a hard solution, it’s a hard thing to come by and I think we need to be able to draw in every important piece for that conversation to be taking place and for us to actually reach a solution that makes everybody happy about it.