The following comments are excerpts from Q&As each candidate had with Walt Shepperd during the campaign season:
I am somebody who is very interested in ideas, making decisions and making change, and I'm not somebody who shies away from controversy or taking risks. Sometimes to my detriment I run toward that. Given that in Syracuse we're at a defining moment, what we need is to embrace change, embrace fresh thinking, and to a certain extent take risk. That's what I bring to this race. I have that ability to articulate a rationale, to articulate a direction that we need to move in, and also to bring people together and say we can not look backward to our future, we need to look forward, and that means we need to think about what Syracuse can be, not what it was.
I think this community is tired of backroom deals. They want accountability, and what I have always said is that you only get accountability by asking tough questions in public. We're only going to get the best solutions to our problems, and the most innovative ideas, by discussing it in public. Because if backroom deals and backroom ideas were the savior of our community we wouldn't have the problems that we have. That makes some people uncomfortable because there are sacred cows who have done very well in backroom deals. Those are not the people or the interests I represent.
We have a proud history of innovation in this community. Somewhere in the last 30 years we got off track. The times demand innovation.
I knocked on two to three thousand doors to get the input. Many times it was safety, security and crime. We know. But it's really brought home to you when you're standing on somebody's front porch, and the door is open and they say they don't feel comfortable walking out onto the street at 8 o'clock at night.