Nampa mayoral race: Melissa Sue Robinson

October 7, 2013 

Name: Melissa Sue Robinson

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired small-business owner and telecom industry employee

Education: B.A. in interdiciplinary humanities from Michigan State University; M.A. credits in management from Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Mich.

Prior political experience: Ran for several offices including mayor of Lansing, Mich., and Nampa, Michigan Senate, Idaho Senate, Michigan House, Idaho House, Highline School Board Seattle, Lansing School Board and Lansing City Council at large. I also was a precinct delegate for the Republican Party in Michigan, the Democratic Party in 1992, helped in the George H.W. Bush debates (1992), the Clinton campaign and the Kerry campaign for president in 2004.

Civic involvement: I was a community activist in Lansing, Mich., from 2000 to 2006 and was instrumental in defeating a non-solicitation ordinance in 2000, and getting an anti-discrimination ordinance in 2006 for both Lansing and East Lansing, Mich.

Years living in your city: Not provided

Family: Son, Charles

Website: Not established yet

Social media accounts: Not established yet

1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

I am the only candidate that would fight for more transparency in city government by having city meetings (especially the Nampa City Council) on cable television, the only one for bus rapid transit lanes from Nampa to Boise, the only candidate advocating a nondiscrimination ordinance for Nampa, the only candidate advocating for a living wage ordinance in Nampa, and the only candidate that would come up with a plan to market Nampa to potential employers. I wouldn't advocate for higher taxes until Nampa citizens were well employed with higher paying jobs. I would advocate for more involvement in Nampa education, and find ways to help fund our schools.

2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them?

Please provide specifics. My first priority would be selling Nampa to prospective well-paying employers by coming up with an extensive marketing plan utilizing the media both in and out of state.

3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?

Market Nampa out of state, use tax incentives to draw corporations, and come up with a nondiscrimination ordinance to emphasize diversity in employment.

4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now?

How should it change? I envision Nampa as a modern, prosperous city with a diverse population, which would only happen with a marketing plan, a living wage, fair taxes, an emphasis on quality education and emphasis on equality for all citizens.

5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?

Yes I'm concerned. We need to televise city council and board meetings, and have elected officials interact more with the community.

6. What are the top two issues facing Nampa, and how should they be addressed?

Nampa needs to have lower property taxes, which would come about when citizens were well employed. There needs to be more public involvement when monetary decisions are made which isn't happening at present. We also need more and better ways to fund our schools, which would also happen with a better employment situation in Nampa.

7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?

We should use some of the money on transportation, i.e. a bus rapid transit system with HOV lanes, and infuse money to modernize Nampa's downtown area.

8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?

Sad to say that would be in our park system and the Idaho Center. Cuts should be made in nonessential services.

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