#TCVote Candidate Survey: Response from Michael Estes
#TCVote: Candidate Survey
|Address:||1023 Nakoma Drive|
|Walk Score:||no idea|
1. What do you do in your spare time?
Sail, fish, plant trees, kayak, hunt, bike and travel_
2. What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?
Attended 911 memorial service at the open space followed by volunteer service at the pancake breakfast for the Tall Ships Festival
3. Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?
Grand Teton National Park when I scaled the summit at 13770 feet.
4. What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?
5. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most likely, how would you rate your likelihood to increase your use of the following personal transportation methods?
(Answers in Bold & Black)
|Riding a bicycle||1||2||3||4||5|
|Calling a Cab||1||2||3||4||5|
6. In response to question 5, what is your biggest obstacle to more transportation options?
My residence in on one of the largest hills in the city
7. Please rate your level of participation in the following Traverse City activities:
|National Cherry Festival||1||2||3||4||5|
|Traverse City Film Festival||1||2||3||4||5|
|Michigan Schooner Fest||1||2||3||4||5|
|Opera House Events||1||2||3||4||5|
|TC Microbrew & Music Festival||1||2||3||4||5|
8. What are your thoughts about large events, like those in question 7, in Traverse City?
In favor, with limits that contol duration, times and other factors that have a negative impact on our neighborhoods
9. Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?
Three years ago the city commission reallocated expenditures and increased street and sidewalk spending from $100,000 to $1.1 million. Also the cooperative effort between the city and the country to begin the process of removing the Boardman dams.
10. What are you for?
Making Traverse City the best that it can be.
11. What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?
Electing individuals to public office who would either stagnate or reverse the positive changes that have occured over the last four years.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This November 8th there are 3 commission seats and a mayoral seat on the ballot in Traverse City. To help us prepare, throughout this week we are running responses from the 9 candidates (7 commissioner, 2 mayoral) to the MyWHaT survey. These will run in the order that responses were received, beginning with Michael Estes’ responses above. The remaining schedule will be one a day during the week and two each on Saturday and Sunday, in the order of Jim Carruthers, Barbara Budros, Robert Donick, David Ford, Patrick McGuire, Timothy Werner, Ralph Soffredine and Jeanine Easterday.
Please note, the answers are published unedited without annotation. The questions were generated by the MyWHaT advisory council and this contributor. We chose a different path than asking straight-up positions on specific policy or issues. We wanted to get a sense of the person, their individual approaches to life, the public sphere and how they might make decisions.
Comments and endorsements are encouraged on any of these posts. You may even ask questions directly of the candidate, but I can not guarantee that they will respond or even see it. I just ask, we keep it friendly, brief and in-line with our comments policy.