Linda Leeuwrik

Council Seat #5


Candidate Answers



  1. WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE FOR THE CITY OF POCATELLO?
    I believe strongly in the importance of public service and that I can make a difference in our community. My years of professional and nonprofit experience have prepared me well to serve on the City Council. I will provide effective leadership, allowing taxpayers to feel confident their hard-earned tax dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly. With strong management skills and a fresh perspective, I am committed to establishing a long-term plan to manage our resources wisely and to support responsible, strategic development. Pocatello is a wonderful place to live, with many advantages and amenities; we can be even better. I would love the opportunity to help Pocatello find new ways to realize our potential more fully!
     
  2. IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE MAJOR ISSUE FACING POCATELLO?
    Since there are many areas to focus on, it is difficult to narrow it down to one; but I will say responsible development based on strategic planning is a key issue and I would define this broadly to include several topics. In addition to new development, I would like to prioritize the revitalization of Old Town Pocatello, as well as repairing and upgrading our city's infrastructure. Responsible development involves promoting opportunity, good jobs, and high wages, and conserving and protecting our natural resources, especially our drinking water, and minimizing any negative impact. The goal is to enhance our economy and quality of life, while maintaining the integrity of Pocatello's unique identity.
     
    (a)  HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THE ISSUE YOU JUST DESCRIBED?
    We should begin with work on long-range, forward-thinking plans for development, based on a combination of mechanisms, such as Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts, low or no-interest loans, tax incentives and credits, and credit enhancements, to meet the needs of a range of sizes and types of projects. We should continue to support the ongoing efforts to develop the Portneuf River Vision as a key part of a longterm improvement strategy, as well as focus on maximizing the benefits of being a stopover for the many visitors to Yellowstone. Another important aspect of Pocatello's development should be a focus on strengthening key partnerships in the community, particularly with ISU and local labor. We should work together with our professional service-providers to ensure that we are not only providing all the basic services to our citizens, but that we are also adequately meeting their needs.
     
  3. IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOUR FIRST PRIORITY BE?
    If elected, I would make it a priority to increase transparency, accountability, and accessibility. I would work to build stronger, more open lines of communication between the council members and the mayor, between the council members and the city's departments and employees, and, most importantly, between the council members and the public. As a strong woman leader, I would bring a fresh perspective, new ideas and more balance to the council. The city's business should be conducted as openly and transparently as possible, making sure citizens are informed about how their tax dollars are being spent and making every effort to involve them in the decision-making process. The council is there to serve the public, therefore I would be accessible and available to ALL the people of Pocatello, to listen to and address their concerns to the best of my ability.