Nammu Muhammad - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Nammu Muhammad

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Below are some questions WIS sent to all candidates for Mayor of Columbia. We'll add the responses to the questions below as we receive them. Be sure to check back soon!

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QUESTIONS (word limit per answer: 300 words)

Q: Why are you running for mayor?
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Q: What is the most important issue facing Columbia right now? How do you intend to address it?
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Q: What mistake in your life do you hope others, especially young people, will learn from?
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Q: In 2009, the City of Columbia made millions of dollars in cuts to both the police and fire departments. If elected, would you work to restore those jobs or are the departments fully equipped to keep the city safe as they are staffed currently?
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Q: (Viewer submitted) Earlier this month, there were several reports that the City of Columbia and Richland County Unified Fire Service contract might be in jeopardy. However, an independent study conducted by the University of South Carolina titled, "The impact of improved public protection classification ratings on homeowners' insurance rates in Richland County," has shown that taxpayers save upwards of $5.5 million annually due to lower homeowner's insurance rates each and every year as a result of having the city and county fire service combined. Do you support that the city and county work to continue this public safety agreement?
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Q: What is your detailed plan to make Columbia a safer place to live? Give specifics. Where can we improve? Where are we already strong in public safety?
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Q: (Viewer submitted) Over the past several years, the city has lost jobs due to several companies moving to its neighboring communities. What is your plan to retain the existing employment opportunities and expand upon them?
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Q: What will you do to balance preservation with progress in Columbia's historic business district and neighborhoods?
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Q: What commitment are you willing to make to the people of Columbia on reviewing and balancing the finances of the city under your watch?
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Q: Columbia's arts groups are desperate for additional city funding. Would you support increasing the hospitality tax to help these groups?
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Q: How do you plan to keep the CMTRA funded and solvent in the coming years? Does it include increasing ridership among young professionals?
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Q: Your potential successor served more than 20 years as mayor. Should there be term limits for the position? Why or why not?
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Q: Do you support a plan to give Columbia a strong mayor government? Should the mayor have more power and what good would it do for the city?
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Q: What is your plan to reduce crime and increase confidence in the City of Columbia Police Department?
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Q: (Viewer submitted) How would you change the city's culture of spending and prioritize projects? How would you change this spending culture on all levels of city government?
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Q: Do you support investing more money into the revitalization of the north main street corridor? Why or why not?
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Q: What's the best thing about living in Columbia?
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Q: What's one thing that voters may not know about you?
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