City Council District 22
Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. (D, C)
Peter Vallone Jr.'s questionnaire
Age: 48; Occupation:
Councilmember since 2002
(B.A., Law Degree)
Campaign website: http://petervallone.com/
Vallone Jr. has served in the City Council for the past eight years and is running
for re-election because he believes there is still much more he can do as a
councilmember, including continuing his work to increase public safety, ending
the proliferation of nuclear power plants within the district, and promoting
more green jobs. While Mr. Vallone is
not a supporter of all of Citizens Union issues, including his vote in favor of
the recent term limits extension and hesitation to support transferring
prosecutorial power from the police department to the CCRB in cases of police
misconduct, his support on issues like election reform and campaign finance
reform show him to be a thoughtful legislator.
Citizens Union supports his reelection
because of his record of being an effective representative for his district.
Jerry Kann (Populist)
Jerry Kann's questionnaire
Age: 48; Occupation: Proofreader/Copyeditor, “Temp”/Freelancer
Education: Cleveland State University
(B.A., English Literature)
Campaign website: Not available
Jerry Kann’s top priorities if elected to office
would be to work to revamp the Rent Guidelines Board to provide tenants with
more representation, establish elected community councils to provide more
representation and accountability at the district level, and push to return the
term limits law to its status before the recent extension. A supporter of Citizens Union’s agenda, Mr.
Kann would like to see a more empowered council that can serve as a
counterweight to what he believes is a too powerful mayoralty. While Mr. Kann has many interesting ideas on
ways to make elected officials more responsive, he appeared to lack a clear
vision of how to implement his ideas and how he would work to build consensus
within the council.
Lynne Serpe (Green)
Lynne Serpe's questionnaire
Age: 37; Occupation: Community Liaison, Community Environmental Center
Education: Dartmouth College (B.A.)
Campaign website: http://serpeforcouncil.com/
Lynne Serpe says she is running to provide voters
with a serious alternative in the district, and if elected she would focus on
increasing the availability of healthy foods, like produce to the district’s
poor communities and in school lunches; the creation of green jobs ranging from
insulation to engineering; and energy efficiency initiatives like painting
roofs white to decrease cooling costs.
On government reform, Ms. Serpe demonstrated herself to be incredibly
knowledgeable and supportive of Citizens Union’s agenda, particularly election
reform and ballot access issues. Ms.
Serpe is a strong candidate who would make a thoughtful and passionate
legislator, and if elected would be an effective representative.