The article in today’s RTD features a bit of back and forth on some issues between the incumbent Kathy Graziano and challenger Johnny Walker. For example Mr. Walker says this about the proposed changes to Forest Hill Ave.
By way of explaining the popularity of his yard signs on the street, he also took Graziano to task for ignoring the will of some Forest Hill Avenue residents who have opposed a median project between Hathaway Road and the Powhite Parkway that will impact some residents’ front yards.
“My promise is I’ll be a public servant, not a politician,” he said.
Graziano comes back with,
The Forest Hill median project, which will also add sidewalks to the stretch of road in addition to a center divider, is still being finalized but is necessary because of high crash rates in the area, she said.
“When you’re elected, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. … It is unfortunate for the people who live on that road, but in terms of safety, it’s something we need to do,” she said. “The city is doing its very best to work with the citizens who live along that corridor. “
There is much more to read in the article and it gives a good look at each candidate.
In an interesting sidenote, Walker has challenged Graziano to a one on one debate. All the forums that have been scheduled have included the 5 person race for 4th District School Board. Walker feels that the citizens of the 4th would benefit from seeing the two going head to head. Graziano sees no reason to change the forum format since it was driven by neighborhood associations.