MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's time to get answers to your questions. FOX10's Bob Grip asked you, the public, which questions you'd like answered by the Mobile mayoral candidates.
Each candidate was asked the same eight questions, listed below. Click on the video above to see how Sandy Stimpson answered.
1. If elected Mayor, what would you recommend be done to the penny sales tax increase?
2. According to the Centers for Disease Control , two-thirds of adults in the Mobile area are overweight or obese. Only 17 percent of our low-income citizens live within a mile of a grocery store, so it's far easier for them to buy liquor, cigarettes and junk food than it is to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Experts refer to this as a "food desert". What can you do as Mayor to get grocery stores into low-income neighborhoods?
3. Many successful cities like Chattanooga, Tennessee, for example, have invested in green space and other quality of life issues. Considering the addition of Airbus to Mobile, how can you improve the quality of life in such a way that those people who work in Mobile also want to live in Mobile?
4. Census figures show that more people in Mobile actually walk to work than ride public transit. What pressure can you exert as mayor to make public transportation more accessible for those who need it?
5. What can you do as Mayor to get and keep a cruise ship?
6. About a third of the young people in Mobile live below the poverty line. Considering that poor males are twice as likely to be arrested as others, and that poor females are five times more likely to have a child out of wedlock, how can you as the Mayor address the societal and the economic problems posed by poverty?
7. Only one out of every four Mobilians has a college degree. How can you attract high-tech companies, if the city can’t attract or retain college graduates?
8. What is Mobile doing well, and how can you improve on it?
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