Name: Warren Christensen
Occupation: Risk Control Manager
Education: Bachelors in Business Finance, Boise State University
Prior political experience: City Council candidate 2009, 2011
Years living in Kuna: 24
Family: Wife of 9 years and two children, ages 7 and 5. Our third child is expected in March.
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
I was raised in this beautiful city and moved here in 1st grade. I have grown to love this city and have made it my home with my young family. I want what is best for them and the community and want to be involved in the decision-making process. I have always dedicated myself to making the best decisions for those around me as well as those directly impacted by what choices I make.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
First priority is bringing in more business. This would allow the tax scale to weigh less on the residents and more on businesses. It would be great for employment purposes as most citizens are forced to commute to a neighboring city to work.
Second priority is ensuring that there is open communication with the city government and the residents. After all, we are voted in by them. All too often do people get elected then never truly hear or even know what the residents desire.
Third priority is ensuring the youth of this community have something to do. Very few options exist for them to work, play and shop. The future of this community depends on them.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
One thing the city lacks is enthusiasm. This is due to the lack of communication. Our citizens are rarely informed on the details of what is truly going on in our city. If our city government shows enthusiasm and opens their doors to the citizens then the reputation will begin to build both within the community and outside the community. If our city government is out their fighting for business as well as involving the citizens then we are bound the get the attraction of the surrounding communities.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
As the economy turns, I see Kuna continuing to be a desired place for families and businesses alike. Ten to 20 years from now Kuna will see extensive growth and it must be managed appropriately. As the community grows we must continue to see a strategic balance between residential and commercial growth. We must become a more attractive place for all types of businesses both large and small.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
City involvement and government is the key to every community. Decisions are made that directly impact the lives of those living and businesses operating in the city. It is extremely important to be involved at all levels. Keep yourself informed as to what is going on and speak up when needed. I will continue to keep communication methods open if elected through various outlets in hopes to hear from those who wish to speak up and not just in council forums.
6. What are the top two issues facing Kuna, and how should they be addressed?
One major issue I see with Kuna is one every citizen who drives in and out of Kuna deals with. Two main roads, Meridian Road and Ten Mile Road, are in the kind of shape that shows the county seems to have forgotten about us. I would fight for improvements on these roads and make it a more enjoyable, and safer drive to get in and out of town. The second issue I see is the lack of all business in Kuna. Our citizens have no place to play, and more importantly have very little options to go and work. The vast majority of the community has to drive into a neighboring city to play and to work. I would strive to bring in more businesses to increase employment opportunities.
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?
There should always be more options for additional financing for things that directly impact the family and the community. I would like to see more options for the youth and families of this community and bring in something like a recreational facility or a large box retail store that gives residents more options for both employment and entertainment opportunities.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
Tightening the budget would never be easy as things set aside are always important to fulfill. I would first look at the part of the budget that has been set aside for areas like the greenbelt and new sidewalk installations. Although Kuna is a strong bedroom community and walks in the park are a great family tradition, an extension of the greenbelt it isnt a necessary function. If cuts were needed to be made it would be with those areas first.