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#TCVote Candidate Survey: Response from Ralph Soffredine

Name: Ralph Soffredine
Address: 220 Huron St
Walk Score: 40
Age: 73
Seat Seeking: Mayor
Email Address: ralph4tcmayor@gmail.com

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1. What do you do in your spare time?

A good deal of my spare time is spent involved in community service. I am currently serving as Chairman of the Goodwill Board of Directors, President of the Women’s Resource Center Board, Treasurer for the Commission on Aging as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Traverse City Light and Power and the National Cherry Festival. As an elected official I currently serve on the Traverse City Commission. When I take time to rest and recharge I enjoy Power Lifting, bicycling and reading._                 

2. What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?

I spent a great deal of time in the city parks during Cherry Festival and have shared many enjoyable days playing games and having picnics with my grandchildren.

3. Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?

The most memorable park experience for me was Isle Royal National Park in Lake Superior. The awe inspiring beauty the rustic nature of the hiking trails as well as the sense of real isolation made it a truly memorable experience.

4. What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?

My primary mode of transportation is a 1995 Pickup.

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)

 Unlikely  Likely
Walking 1 2 3 4 5
Riding a bicycle 1 2 3 4 5
Transit 1 2 3 4 5
Calling a Cab 1 2 3 4 5
Driving 1 2 3 4 5

6. In response to question 5, what is your biggest obstacle to more transportation options?

Most of my activities involve meetings with groups or boards at separate locations and at varying times of the day and evening. The necessity to be punctual and have the flexibility to stay as long as necessary without regard to the lateness of the hour or the weather conditions requires that I drive to most activities in my personal vehicle.

7. Please rate your level of participation in the following Traverse City activities:

Low High
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?

Much of our economy is tourist based. These types of events when properly managed and supported by the community enhance the positive perception of our community and bring in outside revenue that many of our businesses and residents depend on. The thing that we must not lose sight of is that these events must also offer a diversity of activities that not only provide entertainment and revenue opportunities but adds to the livability of Traverse City and the surrounding communities.

9. Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?

Effective leadership requires communication and commitment to meet the goals and responsibilities to the constituency that is served by the organization. All this must be done in an open and honest way. Community members that have demonstrated Effective Leadership: -Ross Biederman with the Traverse City-Garfield Recreation Authority. -Brian Crough , Dirctor, Traverse City DDA. -Tim Hinkley, Director of the National Cherry Festival. -Doug Luciani, President of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. -Ben Bifoss, Traverse City, City Manager.

10. What are you for?

Providing and maintaining a high level of city services that will preserve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

11. What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?

The lack of sustainable and diverse economic activity that is required to generate the jobs and revenues needed to support responsible growth.

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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 EstesJim CarruthersBarbara BudrosRobert DonickDavid FordPatrick 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

Happy voting!

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