Editor’s Note: The Capital-Journal will be publishing Q&A with Topeka City Council and mayoral candidates in the coming days. Advance voting for the November 2 general election begins October 18.
From streets to inclusion to neighborhood improvement, Karen Hiller has a long list of issues on her mind as she runs for a fourth term on Topeka City Council.
âTopeka is a great place to live, work and play, and the people are great,â Hiller wrote in a survey sent by the Topeka Capital-Journal to all candidates for the board. âIt has been difficult, but very rewarding, work to make a positive difference in the way that citizens want and appreciate. ”
While Hiller will have a challenger for District 1 on the ballot, his opponent, Lindsay Jackson, intended to drop out of the race but missed the deadline, according to the Shawnee County Election Office.
“I am experienced, capable, I love the city, I love what I do and I deeply value the engagement of citizens, businesses, our staff, fellow council members and other community leaders.” said Hiller, who has lived in Topeka for decades and raised her. three children Michael, Bryan and Neil here.
Previously, she worked as the Executive Director of the non-profit Housing and Credit Counseling Services Inc., which provides a variety of housing and financial counseling services.
Hiller believes that spending time and listening are the most important aspects of a board member’s job.
âWe can also help build community spirit by being out and in the community, just by showing that we love our community and that we love living there, shopping and exploring and being there to support businesses. , groups and events at key times, âHiller said.
The growth of Topeka’s declining population is also important to Hiller.
“It will help us pay the bills without raising taxes,” she said. âWe have a lot of housing and land to resell within the city limits. We must therefore make our city attractive to workers and businesses as a place to live, and market all aspects of our city and its history. I’m working on all of this and can’t wait to continue. “
The voter registration deadline for the November 2 general election is Tuesday October 12. Advance voting in person at the Shawnee County polling station will begin on Monday, October 18.
Below are Hiller’s full answers to questions posed by the Topeka-Capital Journal.
What do you think are the key issues of this election?
Continue the momentum of streets, public services, spirit, police, firefighters, policies, budget preparation and management, downtown and other neighborhoods, quality initiatives places, equity and inclusion, citizen use and appreciation and advice, growth, attraction and retention of large and small businesses and government investments strategic and substantial private investments. I have worked hard on all of this, and we are really moving. I promise to continue.
Boost neighborhood improvement and property maintenance, both of which are at a standstill. I am leading efforts on both and am determined to continue to build momentum to make major and positive change.
Increase the population of Topeka. It will help us pay the bills without raising taxes. We have a lot of housing and land for resale within the city limits. We must therefore make our city attractive to workers and businesses as a place to live, and market all aspects of our city and its history. I’m working on all of this and can’t wait to continue.
Why are you running for municipal council?
Topeka is a great place to live, work and play, and the people are great. It has been difficult, but very rewarding, work to make a positive difference in the way that citizens want and appreciate.
Why are you the best candidate?
I am experienced, capable, I love the city, I love what I do, and I deeply value the engagement of citizens, businesses, our staff, fellow council members, and other community leaders. âFairly goodâ is not good enough for our city, in my opinion. I don’t compromise on standards, but always try to do it with a smile and a contribution to the solution. I have no other agendasâ¦ these reasons are why I am here.
What do you consider to be the most important part (s) of a city council member’s job?
Give of your time and what you know. Appreciate and truly listen to citizens, staff, colleagues and leaders, hear and consider what they know and suggest, however the message is delivered. Beyond that, take the time to research, network, and seek expert advice. We can also help build community spirit by being out and in the community, simply showing that we love our community and enjoy living there, shopping and exploring, as well as being there to support businesses, groups. and events at key times.
What must Topeka do to deal with the shrinking population, according to U.S. census officials, that the city has experienced in recent years?
See all the answers above. Our current forward movement and spirit of growth are making a difference. Topeka is already seeing this by being on the move, offering good job opportunities and being genuinely open to civic engagement in our changes. We are starting to attract exciting people to stay, come back, or choose to live and work here.
In addition to what we already have in motion, the initiatives that have started for Topeka to excel in inclusion, diversity, equity, opportunity and hospitality for all of our existing and new citizens as well as the development of our heritage sites and tourism should give us a dimension that we lacked which will also be very competitive.