Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Jovani Patterson for Baltimore City Council President
Jovani M. Patterson
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City Council President
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Why are you running for office?
I’m running for office because I believe Baltimore should be a great place to raise a family, start a business, and get a great education. Baltimore has all the tools to be a great city, however the leadership and legislation put in place does not allow that greatness to be realized.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Honestly, Trump. His tenacity is like none other. I also believe he wants this country to realize the greatness it was founded for. That is the same I want for the Great City of Baltimore. This city has all the potential in the world, but needs a tenacious leader to stand up to the corruption and evil that has taken root in this town.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
1. The Bible 2. Common Sense – Thomas Paine
Baltimore’s government has become that of controlling the people instead of the people controlling the government. The Bible provides practical knowledge on why people are they way they are and Common Sense lays out the ‘necessary evil’ of a government.
What will be your top priority if elected to this position?
Strong Families. Family is the key to solving all of the problems in Baltimore.
What is the biggest issue facing your city?
Crime, Education, and Opportunity
What is your position on taxes and spending?
City Taxes (property taxes in particular) are too high making it unaffordable to purchase and/or maintain a home. Plus there are no benefits to paying the taxes. Your street will still have potholes, sanitary services (DPW) will miss trash or dump in empty lots on purpose.
I believe spending needs to be reviewed with fine-toothed comb. City spending is currently out of control.
What is your position on a city tax cap?
This depends on how it’s implemented. For example, if there is a 2% tax cap on property, that 2% is relative to the property assessment value. If the city wants to “increase tax revenue”, they only would need to re-assess and increase the assessment value of your property. Thus, increasing the amount you pay, while the 2% tax cap is maintained.
What is your position on land use issues?
What is your position on public safety?
The issue of public safety first starts with the lack of order and respect inside the home. Therefore, there’s a lack of safety outside the home because ‘anything goes’. Although this is the case, I do believe citizens should be able to and have the right to protect themselves. Crime is currently a low risk ‘profession’ because the criminal knows that the citizens of the city are not able to truly protect and defend themselves. With that, I believe law abiding citizens should be encouraged to obtain concealed carry.
Because rules are not enforced, the police department is unable to attract and retain decent police personnel. What’s the point of becoming a Law Enforcement Officer if the laws are not going to be enforced?
What is your position on development?
Development can be a great thing. I believe Baltimore has plenty opportunities to recognize existing architecture as well as being a place to create new and lasting icons. With over 17,000 vacant or abandoned properties, there are ample spaces for new developments whether they’re rehabbed, removed, or replaced.