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ROCHESTER CITY COUNCIL WARD 2 CANDIDATE PROFILE Faith most concerned with core

Age: 70

Address: 1004 First St. N.W.

Family: Married, five children, 10 grandchildren.

Work history: Medical director, Rochester Health and Rehab, Beverly Corp.; general practice physician and emergency medical physician during a career of more than 40 years.

Education history: Raised and educated in Milwaukee; bachelor's and medical degrees from Northwestern University.

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Community activities: Vice president of the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association, appointee to Property Committee of United Way, colonel in the Army Medical Corps (retired reserve). Member of Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

Government history: No prior elected experience.

Contact information: Home phone, 252-0847; e-mail, glenn.faith@charter.net.

Top three issues: Revival of central city urban neighborhoods; require accurate projections of public costs for new developments; establish a "cabinet" of neighborhoods and precincts.

Candidate's statement: "I aim to be a strong leader within our city council, one who will clearly address the issues confronting our central city and plan its revitalization."

By Jeffrey Pieters

jpieters@postbulletin.com

The problems of Rochester's core neighborhoods are foremost on Glenn Faith's list of concerns.

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Crumbling streets, increasing crime rates and a growing sense of malaise afflict neighborhoods such as his own, Kutzky Park, Faith said.

"Two generations since World War II have no recollection of city life and what it can be like," he said. Yet renewal efforts elsewhere, such as in Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis, herald "a return to the center of the city." He hopes to lead such a renaissance here.

"I really want this (council) seat," Faith said. "I'm not too happy about our street conditions downtown. And our street tree policy, there isn't any. Rochester has been deforested.

"I am running because I want a more positive, forceful, directive voice for my ward and my precinct on the city council," Faith said. "I want leadership, and I want direction. ... The elected officials are not driving hard enough for solutions."

Crime and gang-related problems, Faith said, stem from socioeconomic deficiencies, but as far as the city is concerned, he said, the solution lies in zoning. He would seek to downzone parts of Kutzky Park to encourage a return to more single-family and duplex residences.

Faith is a deep thinker who seems to abhor short answers and begins remarks on unfamiliar subjects with a sigh and a murmured, "I need another Ph.D."

On environmental issues, such as Decorah Edge and the Silver Lake power plant, Faith considers himself on "the Teddy Roosevelt side of environmentalism."

On the power plant, which is faulted for harming local air quality, Faith said, "I'd ban cigarettes inside the city limits before I'd climb on the power plant."

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He suggests more frequent use of referendums in public policy-setting.

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