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Election 2007

April 18, 2007

ELECTION Q&A: Mayor of Jeffersonville - Democrats

Democratic Primary

Editor’s Note: Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Except where noted, questionnaires are only being published for contested races.

Thomas R. Galligan


• AGE: 60

• EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS: Graduate of Providence High School; attended Bellarmine College for two years; attended economic development training conferences.

• CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Mayor of Jeffersonville from 1996-2003. Chairman of KIPDA. Chairman of transportation policy commission and a member for 6 years. During 2002-2003 was chief elected official for work force development for this region.

• FAMILY NOTES: Four children (three of whom I work with in their business on a daily basis); six grandchildren; five brothers and sisters.

1) Why are you running for mayor? “I have lived in Jeffersonville for 60 years. I very much enjoyed my previous tenure as mayor of Jeffersonville. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to make Jeffersonville a better community. I am confident that with the help of other government officials and local citizens I can contribute to my home city and make it a better place to live, both for my family and yours.”

2) What makes you a better candidate for mayor than your opponents in the primary? “Jeffersonville needs dynamic leadership if we are going to compete with neighboring cities. I would hope that it is apparent that progress was made during the previous Galligan administration, for example 1) the riverfront development, 2) the RiverStage, 3) the Quadrangle, 4) 10th Street improvements, 5) Court Avenue Extension, 6) Veterans Parkway, 7) Spring Street revitalization, 8) the aquatic center, 8) little league park, all indicate that I’m capable of moving Jeffersonville forward.”

3) If your constituency were awarded $10 million with no strings attached, what would you recommend spending it on first? “Widen 10th Street from Penn Street to I-265; widen and improve Holman’s Lane; finish veterans parkway from Woehrle Road to Holman’s Lane; create “rainy day” fund for fiscal emergencies.”

4) What type of relationship will you have with the city council? How will you ensure professionalism and productivity? “I will be appropriately cooperative. I understand how important it is to get along with the Council. After conversations with both former and current council members, I am confident that I can work with them to move the city forward, both professionally and productively for the betterment of the community”

5) What will your specific role be with city neighborhood groups? “I have always been concerned with Jeffersonville neighborhoods and their specific needs and problems. As in the past I will be accessible and willing to meet and work with individuals and neighborhood groups to address and solve their problems.”

6) At this point, what can the city do to encourage the development of the Jeffersonville Town Center?“Elect Tom Galligan for mayor!”

7) As an elected official, what have been the two best and two worst decisions you’ve made? “Best: 1) When we settled the lawsuit to get the harbours property back and we were able to develop two hotels, three restaurants, a 4-story office building and office condos. 2) We were able to save the Quadrangle and initiate moving city offices. This action preserved history and also preserved the integrity of the 10th street corridor.

“Worst: 1) In an attempt to bring civility between myself and certain City Council members, I elected not to attend three city council meetings. This decision was not a productive one and in retrospect was a mistake. 2) Not explaining the vision that I had well enough for people to understand where I wanted to go and what I was trying to achieve. Part of leadership is working with people as a team. I now understand the importance of communication, give and take, and cooperation with city government.

8) What’s the best idea for Jeffersonville that nobody’s talked about publicly? "A strategic transportation plan is needed to prepare for the new bridges. Infrastructure needs to be in place for increased traffic and efficient community transportation."

9) Have you ever been convicted of a non-traffic court crime in the united states? If so, please explain all relevant instances.“No.”

10) Please state your platform and ideas for dealing with the following issues.

• Annexation of new properties to the city “Set up neighborhood meetings to assess individual needs of neighborhoods along with the benefits and problems of annexation. This is often a complex and controversial matter and it is imperative that those most affected should have a voice in the project.”

• Privatization of city services “City government and city officials are hired by citizens to provide services and they should do so.”

• City Infrastructure (road conditions, abandoned property, etc) “Long range planning is the key to improving and maintaining the city infrastructure. The importance of property being properly maintained is a key to the quality of life.”

• The greenway project “The greenway is an important project because it will allow citizens to access and enjoy the riverfront and the Jeffersonville steamboat heritage. We can already enjoy the RiverStage, and soon the riverwalk, because of the progress that was begun on the greenway project during my previous administration.”

• Downtown’s role in city growth “The revitalization of downtown has always been a priority for me. To preserve the city’s identity, to provide a future for young people, and to promote development in outlying areas, the heart of Jeffersonville must remain strong.”

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