With the municipal elections looming large in the coming weeks, we’ll be making an effort to interview the prospective city council candidates.
I’m pleased to present our first podcast interview this week with Councilman Ron C. Rice, representing the West Ward. In Mayor Booker’s 2009 State of the City address, he referred to Councilman Rice as the hardest working person on the Council, claiming that the Mayor’s own aggressive schedule is matched by Mr. Rice, who is also known for driving around his neighborhood late at night in his own car.
The podcast is about 30 minutes in length. Click the play button below to listen.
In the podcast, we discuss:
- Plans for the upcoming election and the Booker Team kickoff
- The major challenges and opportunities the Councilman sees facing the West Ward right now
- What efforts have been undertaken to improve the West Ward, such as the Family Success Centers and the West Ward Collective
- How Councilman Rice had seen the Ward change over his four years in office
- How the recently-announced state budget cuts affect the West Ward and the city overall
- How his office is leveraging technology to serve his constituency and how the city is addressing the digital divide to position residents for the 21st century workforce