Sample Candidate Questionnaire

Sample Candidate Questionnaire

Addressing Citywide Issues

Just as any other city, Medford faces many economic and social issues. Can you provide examples on how you would integrate the arts, culture, and creative community in solving social problems? How would you use our community to drive economic development in the city?

Your Personal Connection
We've all had defining moments in our lives. What personal experience with arts, culture, or creativity has had an impact on your life and your view of the community?

Arts Education and Programs for our Youth

Art instruction increases achievement across all academic disciples and develops the whole child. What will you do as Mayor to champion arts education with our youth both in our schools and in our communities? How will you balance the importance of arts education with the constant pull to “teach to the test”?

The New Administration’s Role in the Creative Community
 The City recently decided to allocate $30,0000 to next year’s budget for the Medford Arts Council. Some in the creative community are concerned about the city’s administrative capacity to program, support, and promote activities. Describe how you will address these concerns in the following areas:

  • What three revenue sources will you create or use to increase the city’s financial investment in the creative community?
  • Would you support hiring a dedicated staff person for arts and culture within your administration?
  • What are your program priorities and where will the funds be allocated?

An Arts Destination

While Medford is growing as a community, the city has yet to fully leverage the strength of our arts, culture, and creative community as a means for branding and attracting residents, employees, and visitors. How would you utilize our community to make Medford a place where people want to live, work, play, and visit. 

Your Priorities

The start of a Mayor’s tenure often sets the Administration’s tone and priorities. When elected, what actions will you take in your first 100 days to provide support and resources to the creative community?

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