Name: Richard C. Cardoza
Age: Not provided
Occupation: Owner of an insurance agency in Kuna for 33 years
Education: 16 years
Prior political experience: Eight years on Kuna City Council, including two years as council president
Civic involvement: 30 years on the Kuna Community Auction; Honorary Chapter FFA degree; Grange Community Citizen of the Year 2011; Kuna Community Hall Board of Trustees; 33 years on the Kuna Disaster Fund Board.
Years living in Kuna: 41
Family: Six children
Social media accounts: Facebook
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
Eight years on the Kuna City Council has given me the benefit of knowing what has happened in the past and the foresight as to what might happen in the future. During my time as a councilman Kuna has seen the fastest growth in the history of the city.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
1. Facilities for children (swimming pool and athletic fields)
2. New commercial businesses
3. New city hall
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
As a councilman I have voted to apply for grants to bring companies and jobs to the city of Kuna. The city is looking to provide an industrial site east of town to create manufacturing jobs. I also believe with the growth of the residential community there will be growth of the commercial industries.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
With proper growth, the city should have a population of 30,000 to 40,000. I would like to see bike and pedestrian paths, increased parks and athletic fields and an equestrian park with trails.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
By offering the citizens more amenities that benefit both the city and the citizens it will create more interest and involvement in city government.
6. What are the top two issues facing Kuna, and how should they be addressed?
1. Recreation for the children: More parks, athletic facilities and a swimming pool.
2. Commercial growth: Better advertising of the city's attributes to attract businesses.
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?
The city's parks and recreation department to increase the city's parks and athletic fields. People looking to move to a new city will judge the city by the appearance of its parks and public spaces.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
In the past five years with the decrease of tax revenues I have, as a councilman, approved across-the-board budget tightening for all departments. Within a small town it is very difficult to make cuts in just one department.