"I come from a family that has been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, local housing options, and keep public safety a top priority. With my commitment to advocate for all levels of the community, I know that we can build trust, navigate the governmental red tape, and get things done."
Safety and Public Services
It should be of the utmost importance for local government to provide both safety and structure, as well as services that benefit the public.
Police and Fire will be a main priority of mine while on City Council. Not only do we owe them respect for their service, but we also owe them a fair, living wage and the ability to bring concerns forward.
Tax payers should be able to have a reasonable expectation of services that are available to them from their government, such as leaf removal, green waste disposal, street maintenance, and snow removal. These issues will be a constant priority for me as well.
Local development and job creation helps our local economy to flourish. Yet, we need to find a balance between encouraging growth and overburdening our infrastructure. Parking downtown is a real and significant issue for City Council to keep at the forefront of decisions impacting our downtown.
In a representative democracy, it's important for elected officials to remain accountable to their constituents, and available for discussion and public comment. If elected, I would make it my duty to hold regular and frequent open forums, town hall style, for the public to address their issues and concerns. I believe in maintaining civility in the meeting process, but I do not agree with allowing officials to be unaccountable for their actions.
Our community needs to prioritize housing as an issue that we face, and work toward developing solutions. As a Councilperson, I would work collaboratively with the local housing agencies, both governmental and nonprofit, as well as private investors in order to come up with real, tangible solutions for the housing issues that we face.
Flooding has been and continues to be a debilitating issue for our community. We have seen some progress, but by no means have we solved the problem. I would work with Hancock County officials as well as other, up and downstream towns and counties to develop a comprehensive plan that works for everyone to deal with the river and its flooding.