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StatesmanJournalminiquestionnairefor2016PrimaryElection

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Yournameaslistedontheballot:CaroleJ.Smith
Age:64
(IfyouragewillchangebeforeMay31,pleaseindicateyourbirthday.Wewanttoensureweuse
accurateagesinpreandpostelectioneditorialsandnewscoverage.)
City/townofresidence:
Salem,OR
Politicalparty,ifthisisapartisanoffice:
Positionyouareseeking(nameofposition,districtnumber,etc.):
MayorofSalem

Areyoucurrentlyafulltimeresidentwithintheboundariesofthespecificarea(ward,district,
county,etc.)thatyouseektorepresent?
Yes
Numberofcurrent,consecutiveyearslivingwithinthedistrictyouseektorepresent:
24
Family(nameofspouse/partner,numberandagesofchildrenifathomeornumberofgrown
children):
EricKittleson,husband,childrenSaraKittlesonandNoahKittleson
Youreducation(highschool,trade,college,postbaccalaureate;indicateanydegreesyou
earned):
GraduatedMcMinnvilleHighSchool,WesternOregonUniversity(5Years)
Ifemployed,currentoccupation,employerandjobduties:
Retired
Previousemployersandwhen:
GrandBallroom&Theater2015
Militaryserviceandwhen:
Volunteer/civic/religiousserviceandwhen:
CANDOboardchair(approx2000to2006),
DowntownDevelopmentAdvisoryBoard(approx19851991)
DowntownAdvisoryBoard(20112013),
SalemDowntownAssociationboard198587

SalemConventionandVisitorBoard19871991
Pleaselistallpublicofficestowhichyouvebeenelected,andwhen:
Pleaselistanyunsuccessfulcandidaciesforpublicoffice,andwhen:
Otherpriorpoliticalandgovernmentexperience:
IfyouarerunningforapositionthatinvolvesagoverningboardinOregonsuchascity
council,countyboardofcommissioners,LegislatureorStateLandBoardhowmanymeetings
ofthatboardhaveyouattendedinpersonduring2015and2016?Howmanyhaveyouwatched
onlineoronTV,ifapplicable?
IhavewatchedalmostallcitycouncilmeetingsonCCTV,andattenedatleast3councilmeeting
inpersonduringthattime.
Howthepubliccanreachyourcampaign(rememberthatthisinformationwillbemadepublic):
Mailaddress:363CourtStNE,Salem,OR97301
Emailaddress:CaroleSmithforMayor@gmail.com
WebsiteURL:CaroleSmithforMayor.com
Phone:5039900150
Facebook:CaroleSmithForMayor
Othersocialmedia:
Pleaselimityourresponsetoeachofthefollowingquestionstoabout75words.
1. Toanoutsider,howwouldyoudescribetheregionyouwishtorepresentgeographically,
economically,politicallyandsocially?
2. SalemiseconomicallydiversecityinthecenteroftheagriculturaldominateWillamette
Valley.SalemleanspoliticallyDemocraticwithafullrangeofagegroupsandsome
minorities.

2.Whatarethepositivesandnegativesofthisregion(ward,district,countyorstate)thatyou
wishtorepresent?
Salemisthelandofopportunitythereissomuchtoaccomplishheretomakethisareallygreat
citywhichwillattracttourism,historicpreservation,andculinarytourists.Thenegativefor
Salemisacitycouncilwhodoesnotrespect,norvaluethevoiceofchangeandnewideas.
3.Whatspecificskillsandexperiencesdoyoubringtotheposition,especiallyonesthatwould
helpturnthosenegativesintopositives?
IcanhelpSalemcitizensclarifyanewvisionofwhattheywanttheircitytobe.Icanreachout
tocitizensandencouragethemtojoinwithcitygovernmentandgettheirconcernsandquestions
answered.Governmentworksbestwhenweareallinvolvedandfeelvalued.
4.Whatseparatesyoufromyouropponent(s)?Bespecific.
ChuckBennettbelievesthepublichaveenoughinputviacitycouncilmeetingswhentheyhave3
minutestospeak.Idonot.Ifeelweneedtomendtheriftbetweencityhallandcitizens.Chuck
votedtoaddtheStreetlightfeetoSalemwater/sewerbillsbecausehefeelsthecityneedsthe
moneymorethancitizensdo.Idisagree.Addingunrelatedfeestowater/sewerfeesiswrong.
WeareinacycleofaddingfeesforeverylittlethingtoincreaserevenuetotheCity.Ibelieve
wecanreachabetterbalanceandrestoresomeservicestocitizens.
5.Pleaselistfivespecificaccomplishmentsthatyouhaveachievedinpoliticsorcivicaffairs:
IcreatedtheUrbanRenewalToolboxGrand/Loanprogram.Theprogramwasthemost
successfulprogramUrbanRenewaleveroffered.Iworkedontheoriginalstreetscapeprogram
inthe1990salongwithskybridges,andalleyimprovements.Iworkedwiththedowntown
businessesandcommunitytocreateanewvisionofStreetscapethatwouldconnectRiverfront
Park,theCapitolMallandWillametteUniversity.Thenewstreetscapevisionincluded
architects,citizens,businessandpropertyownersallworkingtogetherforfreetomaketheir
communitybetter.
6.HowmuchwillyourPrimaryElectioncampaigncost?(bespecific)Around$1520,000.

7.Haveyoueverbeenconvictedofacrime,beendisciplinedbyaprofessionallicensing
board/organizationorhadanethicsviolationfiledagainstyou?Ifso,pleasegivethedetails.No
8.Haveyoueverfiledforbankruptcy,beendelinquentonyourtaxesorothermajoraccounts,or
beensuedpersonallyorprofessionally?Ifso,pleasegivethedetails.No
9.Whatarethethreemostimportantissuesyouwouldaddressifelected,andhow?(75words
foreachissue)
A.BringcitizensbacktoparticipateinCitygovernmentfromthebeginningandthroughoutthe
process.
B.BuildaStreetscapeprojecttoputSalemonthetourismmapandthushelprecruitnew
businesstoSalemandcreateabrandingopportunity.
C.Removetheparkingmetersatthelibrarysoourfreelibrarybecomesreallyfree.
10.Whatdoyouseeasotherimportantissues?
Buildingmorehousingunitsforlowincomeseniors,veterans,andhomelessfamilies/
individuals.Buildthebike/pedestriantrailfromSalemTowntoDowntown(thefundshave
beensittingtherefor8years),Buildingacorrectsizepolicestationwithatleast2precincts,
strengtheningNeighborhoodAssociations,preparingforamajorearthquake,strikingabetter
balancebetweendevelopmentandpreservationofoldtrees.HoldingCoffeewiththeMayor
monthlytoinvolvemorecitizensinwhatthecityisdoingandhowtheycangetinvolved.Stop
addingfreestoCitywater/sewer(orothercity)bills.Onlyinstallparkingmetersdowntownifa
majorityofbusinessesaskforthem.Workwiththenewcitymanagertocreateaplantoreduce
the$200millionbackloginmaintenanceoncityownedproperty.UseUrbanRenewaldollarsto
increasepropertyvaluesinsteadoftrafficlight,newintersections,sewerprojects,paving.etc.
11.Whatonlineand/orprintpublicationsdoyouregularlyreadtokeepabreastofissuesinthe
districtyouseektorepresent?
StatesmanJournal&Oregoniannewspapers,ThisOldHouse,AARP,Smithsonian,andCooks
Illustrated.
12.Anyskeletonsinyourclosetorotherpotentiallyembarrassinginformationthatyoushould
disclosebeforeitcomesupinthecampaign?Anything(includinghealthissues)thatwould

affectyourabilitytoserveyourfullterm?Anychangesinyourlifesituationthatare
contemplatedorexpectedbeforetheelectionorbeforeyouwouldtakeoffice?

Noskeletons,nohealthissues,nochangesbetweennowandwhenItakeoffice.
Thankyou.PleasereturnthisquestionnairetotheEditorialBoardasanattachedWorddocumentto
Salemed@StatesmanJournal.combyApril20,2016.