Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Election 2007; City Council District 9

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Election 2007; City Council District 9

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AGE: 25

Previous experience in elected or appointed office:

Chairman, Republican executive committee for District 9.


Bachelor's degree in business administration, University of Maryland.


Manager at Family Dollar.


Single; parents Gary and Emily Engness.

Mayor John Peyton's office has said the city's operating expenses are outpacing increases in revenue. What should the city consider cutting from the budget or adding in revenue?

"I haven't had a good chance to go over the entire city budget. ... I'm not familiar enough with each thing we spend on, or each way we get our revenue, to give you a good, educated answer." Engness said he would educate himself on the budget immediately after the election, and had developed contacts at the council that would make it easier to get up to speed.

District 9 has a lot of needs, and residents often complain no one in City Hall listens to them. What specific steps would you take to make yourself available and accountable to people living in the district?

"The easiest way is to make my cell phone number public." Engness and Jones have both handed out campaign material listing their cell numbers. "I'm also going to make sure to show up at every neighborhood association that is meeting in he district." Engness said his council assistant would also serve as a contact point.

District residents have talked about a need for new jobs and economic growth. What would you do to help residents improve their economic position?

Engness said he'd use contacts from his campaign, including some at the First Coast Manufacturers Association. He said he'd talked with Kellogg Development, which buys industrial and office buildings, about launching projects in the district. Wants to start summer school programs that give teens on-the-job training.



AGE: 56

Previous experience in elected or appointed office:

City Council member, 1979-99. …

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