2019 City Council District 5 Candidate
Previous occupations: Political aide to former Mayor and Councilperson John Street
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Clarke originally worked in then councilperson John Street’s office for more than 20 years before beginning his first term in 2000. He is currently the City Council President, and he is seeking his sixth term.
All of the position stances come from Clarke’s official city council bio and his campaign website.
Governance and ethics
Championed the Community Sustainability Initiative, which aims to track conditions in neighborhoods to help inform council decisions
Championed legislation to create the City’s Jobs Commission
Supported creating the City’s Office of Consumer Affairs, which aims to protect consumers
Championed the 2,000 Affordable Housing Units Initiative to build 1,000 rental units and 1,000 owner-occupied units
Championed the School-Based Community Family Centers program, which aims to provide basic needs services to families through the school system
Passed legislation to prohibit advertising alcohol within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds
Clarke has recently been accused of abusing his council powers to help a friend acquire City property at a value lower than market rate (source)