Saul Fultz: 2021 candidate for Aurora city council, 7th Ward
Voters have a choice for Aurora alderman in Wards 4, 7 and 10 and for the at-large seat in the April 6 election. In the 4th Ward, incumbent William Donnell is facing John Bell. In the 7th Ward, incumbent Scheketa Hart-Burns is being challenged by Saul Fultz. In the 10th Ward, Shweta Baid and Arjun Nair are running to fill a seat being vacated. And Raymond Hull, Brooke Shanley and Ron Woerman are running for the open at-large seat. All are 4-year seats.
Occupation: Minister/associate pastor
Civic involvement: Interim president of Maple Terrance Tenant Council and Aurora Housing Tenant Advisory Board
Q: How do you view your role in confronting the pandemic: provide leadership even if unpopular, give a voice to constituents -- even ones with whom you disagree, or defer to state and federal authorities?
A: Being very informational with the residents and setting the role of leadership by being an example within the community.
Q: Did your town continue to adequately serve its constituents during the disruptions caused by the pandemic? If so, please cite an example of how it successfully adjusted to providing services. If not, please cite a specific example of what could have been done better.
A: The city officials were adequate in responding to its residents with masks COVID testing sites and food pantry's distributions.
Q: In light of our experiences with COVID-19, what safeguards/guidelines should you put in place to address any future public health crises?
A: Continue to follow science and mandates placed by state officials.
Q: What cuts can local government make to reduce the burden of the pandemic on taxpayers?
Q: What do you see as the most important infrastructure project you must address? Why and how should it be paid for? Conversely, during these uncertain economic times, what infrastructure project can be put on the back burner?
A: Contract of construction in the downtown area of the city. Projects are being started but not finished, and study creating more investments. We need to go back to handling issues in our communities. Stop putting the residents on the back burners.
Q: Do you plan to address businesses that don't adhere to the governor's order to close or restrict business?
A: Thus far most businesses have followed the governor's mandates in the community of Ward 7.
Q: Do you agree or disagree with the stance your board/council has taken on permitting recreational marijuana sales in the community? What would you change about that stance, if you could?
A: I agree that the council has taken a stance on recreational marijuana, but more opportunities need to be available to minorities to be involved for business
Q: What's one good idea you have to better the community that no one is talking about yet?
A: Bringing more youth and senior programs to promote unity and love throughout the communities.