What's Your Plan? (Roads Edition)

Before you commit your support to a candidate for public office, you deserve to know their goals and how they intend to get there. My opponent says he "values good roads." So do we all. Here's my record:

My very first year in office, even facing a $44 million budget deficit, I recognized the importance of good roads and proposed a $5 million investment into pavement preservation.

The next year in office, I saw the continued need to invest in our roads and proposed 5 percent from our transportation budget be allocated to road repair.

The third year I introduced the idea of taking the RTA back to the voters and earmarking a percentage of the tax to road repair. The response at the time from the RTA was to oppose my suggestion. Now even the RTA is talking in terms of their own reauthorization including some road repair money.

At the end of that fiscal year I allocated $75,000 from our ward office budget to road repair in Ward 6.

The next year we worked with you to pass Proposition 409 which raised $20 million per year for five years, all allocated to road repair. In May of this year, you supported Prop 101 by a 62% margin. That will be another $100 million earmarked for road repair over the coming five years.

A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

My opponent says he "values good roads." He has no plan to achieve that though. You see my record. Beyond that single three-word phrase, you can only guess at what he might have in mind.

Here's a thought for my opponent. Tell us your plan. Contact the Arizona Daily Star at Tucson.com. Contact the Tucson Sentinel at tucsonsentinel.com. Or try KVOA.com, KOLD.com or KGUN9.com. If you have something of substance to offer, let's hear it.

My record of advocating for and achieving funding for road repair is real. Before you commit to a candidate for public office, you deserve to know more than a slogan.

- Steve K