James Stowers, 35
Land use attorney with Wright, Casey & Stowers.
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. Reduction of pension-related unfunded liabilities: As part of the current City Commission, I have worked to pursue appropriate modifications that balance the obligations of the current pension framework with the realities of the long-term financial health of the city. This issue remains one of my highest priorities.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. As a practicing land use attorney, I deal with land development issues on a daily basis. This experience, along with my master's degree in urban and regional planning, provides the foundation that allows me to make sound decisions as the current city commissioner and hopefully as the future city commission of Zone 1.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. I plan to help finalize the following items if re-elected: pension reforms; placement of high-quality identification signage and entrance features at our city's entranceways; completion of the beachfront park in January 2013; resurfacing of North Halifax Drive in November; and commencement of resurfacing work on John Anderson Drive in March.
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. If called upon to serve in the future, I would not rule it out. However, such a decision would only occur after discussing it with my family.