On the Issues Fiscal Conservative John led the charge on the pay-to-play ordinance, which will save money and ensure all contractors doing business with the city are treated fairly. Pay-to-play means exchanging monetary contributions in exchange for benefits. In this case, it refers to a company paying for access to bid on contracts. These contributions are generally made to elected officials, who are in the position of influencing the awarding of lucrative contracts. In 2014, John helped to end collective bargaining rights by six city unions, saving $1.65 million per year and creating a more flexible, productive workforce. If elected mayor, John plans to draft a zero-based budget to reorder priorities and cut costs. Economic Development John has been a leader for riverfront development and fought to secure adequate funding. In 2007, he voted for Parkview Field, which launched the downtown revival that continues today. John supports investment in the former GE campus on Broadway to create the Electric Works project. Most importantly, John believes that jobs follow people, and that creating quality of place will bring people and jobs to Fort Wayne. Public Safety & Crime John believes crime will be reduced by putting a greater emphasis on fighting opioid addiction. He also advocates more aggressive arrests and prosecution of drug dealers and gang leaders. On Council, John has voted consistently for additional funding for fire and police officers and training academies. In addition, he believes school safety efforts need to evolve, with more school resource officers and common-sense changes to gun access. Opioid Crisis & Public Health As a physician who understands the opioid epidemic afflicting our community, John supports increased availability of treatment for patients and more drug rehab program. John believes the city needs to be a leader in coordinating all local resources and pursuing federal funding. In 2007, John spearheaded a smoking ordinance that prohibited smoking in most public businesses, including bars, nightclubs and bowling alleys. Although unpopular at the time, his efforts to prevent exposure of citizens to secondhand smoke ultimately became the cultural norm. Collaborative Leadership As Mayor, John would meet regularly with the Allen County Commissioners and other elected officials to work together better. He would attend City Council’s first meeting of the year to wish all well for the coming year and with the council president monthly. John has always worked in bipartisan fashion on Council and would continue to do so as Mayor. Workforce Development John believes the city can take a more active role in this area, including: boosting training programs for skilled jobs that are already open; leading apprenticeships between business and job training; encouraging more internships; partnering with local employers for training grants; and reintegrating the homeless into society by providing public works jobs.