Fiscal Prudence

Ken's conservative financial habits reflect the values of his home life with Sydney, his wife of 36 years, who has served for many years as bookkeeper for Cordova Neighborhood Church.

His habit of care with money was deepened and reinforced by his 18 Year private sector business career as In-House Counsel to State Farm Insurance, one of America’s most successful financial enterprises. The stewardship of Ken’s city with tax dollars makes it a rarity — 8 yrs of balanced budgets, every year a surplus, never yet dipped into our reserves, chosen as an All America City during his second term as Mayor.

The city’s greatest “Badge of Honor” is this. In 2009, when the recession’s impact was being felt nationwide, the financial rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised the credit rating for Ken’s city 2 steps, citing its “good management”.