Meet the Candidates: Tim Scott, South Bend Common Council District 1


My name is Tim Scott and I am seeking your vote for a second term. While unopposed in the Democratic primary, I feel it is important for voters know my accomplishments during my first term. I know I am working hard for my district as well as the city and I ask for your vote on May 5th as well as in November during the General Election.

In my first term, I have focused on quality-of-life issues. I have led a collaboration to craft the Chronic Nuisance Problem Property Ordinance, which brought a dramatic change in accountability to nuisance properties and led to the reduction of police calls at repeat properties and a waste of tax payers’ dollars.

Currently, I am serving as Council President and I have served as chairman of the following committees: Residential Neighborhoods, Utilities, IT, Zoning & Annexation.

I have collaborated with my colleagues on the following legislation: right-of-way for bicycles; chickens and honey bees in the city; co-sponsored the Soils and Water Table Review to solve the Ethanol flooding situation; authored the busker bill to bring live music to downtown; co-authored the moped ordinance requiring registration of mopeds; co-authored the whistle blower law for city employees; co-sponsored the Riverfront Entertainment District and the GLBT rights to South Bend’s Human Rights Ordinance.

I amended the Problem Property Ordinance to include drug use, gang activity, racketeering and prostitution. And with Karen White, we started Council commitment to new curbs and sidewalks in our neighborhoods.

Also with Karen White, Common Council At-Large Member, and the Mayor’s office; we started the “Light Up South Bend” program, which brought 200 new lights to the Keller Park Neighborhood and the LaSalle Park Neighborhood. Lighting is crucial to the safety and security of our neighborhoods and it is a priority for this group.

My priorities for my next term are as follows.

I feel we need to continue to use all our resources to bring businesses and jobs to South Bend. With my 21 years of business experience I can relate and work with colleagues, the administration and other businesses to sell South Bend. We need to allow opportunities for all to have good paying jobs within South Bend.

Public Safety affects us all and will continue to push for the best possible talent to join our public safety departments. I also feel there is a need to address speeding within our neighborhoods, we need to staff properly to allow for proactive enforcement of speed and safety within our neighborhoods.

Public infrastructure is imperative for all citizens and businesses. We need to provide the basics; such as good streets, proper lighting and curbs and sidewalks. With good infrastructure, the residents are rewarded and businesses are attracted to cities willing to invest in their own city services.

If re-elected, I will continue to use my experience, leadership to work hard for the district and the city to improve the quality-of-life for all.

Meet the Candidates is a series introducing candidates in their own words. Articles are posted verbatim. South Bend Voice has offered to publish articles for all South Bend office seekers who are on the May 5th primary ballot.

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