#TCVote Candidate Survey: Response from Patrick McGuire
|Address:||308 N Elmwood Ave|
|Seat Seeking:||City Commission|
1. What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I work-out at the gym, read, enjoy sporting events, dine out with my wife. I also occasionally, and somewhat less they’d I’d like bike, swim, boat, kayak, and hike. I know I need to get out more in the winter so snowshoes might be in my future._
2. What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?
When my two grandsons, Jack and Connor came to visit “Nonie” and “Paddy” in Traverse City over the Labor Day weekend we walked down Elmwood to Darrow Park so they could play on the playground equipment. We frequently do this during their visits. It’s a great outlet for them to expend some of their seemingly endless energy, and affords some quality family time together.
3. Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?
My most memorable park is Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada range of California. This is the home to Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states at 14,505’. I’ve hiked this mountain twice in the last six years, the second time with my two sons, Joe and Ben. The scenery is spectacular, and the single day 22 mile round trip from the trail head to the summit is strenuous, but worth the effort.
4. What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?
I’m fortunate that my work is located downtown on Park Street so riding my bike is my primary mode of transport around town during the good weather months. Once the weather precludes any more riding, sometime around Thanksgiving, I’ll be driving my Subie.
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?
I don’t feel I have any substantial obstacles to my transportation options other than the Northern Michigan weather which has a way of dictating my choice of transport on any given day.
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?
Because I work downtown and I’m otherwise very downtown oriented I experience all the major events by virtue of being in close proximity even if I’m not directly involved. While they admittedly pose some inconveniences I really like the energy they impart to the City. While the company I work for is not tourism oriented I do appreciate the economic benefit these events provide to local businesses and their employees
9. Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?
TC leadership qualities: • A person who has the ability to listen, and understand that they represent everyone and not just a small special interest group or vocal minority. • Somebody who applies common sense to all problems, and doesn’t get caught up in the cause de jour. • Someone willing to carry on the conservative financial tradition that’s been a hallmark of our community, and has kept out us out of financial difficulty. This also requires someone able to manage the expectation of citizens because the City can’t afford to meet everyone’s needs at the same time.
10. What are you for?
I think we need to continue our economic development efforts throughout the City. I’d also believe we need to continue to emphasize infrastructure upgrades of at least the current pace, particularly in the neighborhoods. Finally, I personally appreciate that Traverse City is becoming more bicycle/pedestrian friendly, and I’d like to do what I can to encourage more of our residents and day-time residents to enjoy biking and walking around our community.
11. What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?
With respect to the future I see the possibility for some strong upside growth over the long-term for Traverse City, but there’s also a reasonable probability of near-term financial struggles as we experience uncertain economic times. I’m very concerned about the country’s economy. I’m concerned for myself, my family and my community. If the nation slips back into a second recession, it will have a direct impact on Traverse City in many ways. We need to be prepared for this eventuality. It could come to pass that our City budget will be under considerable strain for several years running. In the longer term I’m optimistic about our continued growth prospects. For most of its history Traverse City’s economy has been somewhat constrained by its remote location, but with the emergence of eCommerce, which is really still in its early stages of development, people who want to live here will also be able to find a way to work here.
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, one per day during the week and two each on Saturday and Sunday in the order of Michael Estes, Jim Carruthers, Barbara Budros, Robert Donick, David Ford, Patrick McGuire, Timothy Werner, Ralph Soffredine and Jeanine Easterday (names with embedded link have already been published).
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 that we keep it friendly, brief and in-line with our comments policy.