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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bokee Enjoying Meeting Voters

George Wenschhof

Josh Bokee
The Democratic candidate for alderman in The City of Frederick election tells me he will finish his first round of door knocking by the end of July and plans to do it again prior to the September 10 primary.

In a far ranging sit down interview, Josh Bokee said he enjoys talking to folks and that he and his wife are connected to the community.  He added his son will be going to Parkway elementary school next year.

Bokee shared with me there were different issues that come up in each neighborhood, but common themes among voters were neighborhood safety, traffic issues (speeding and congestion), code enforcement, taxes and the need for local jobs so they do not have to drive so far to work.  He found the desire for local jobs being the number one issue among voters.

Josh was passionate about sharing with me his belief in the city and his desire for the city to build on what we are doing. As alderman, he wants to city to continue to expand reinvestment and community development in all neighborhoods in the city.

When I asked him about the planned Wal-Mart on the golden mile and whether he would support the request to rezone the area to general commercial, he said he was on record (as former city planning commission member) as supporting the mixed use zone and small area plan. He felt this would provide employment opportunities in the future. 

During a discussion on the implementation of policies by the city, Bokee said it was important to track the level of success of initiatives.  For example, he would like to see the city implement the best of the recommendations that came from the blighted property task force.  He would then like to track the top offenders and see what level of success the city is achieving in reaching their goals.

Josh concluded with saying he also would be very supportive of our schools, even though he realized they (Board of Education) did not fall under city governance.  He felt city leaders should work with county government and board of education officials to support efforts that will ensure children have the resources they need to succeed.

The City of Frederick primary election is September 10.

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