People need to be able to trust that government is working for them; that their trash will be picked up, park grass will be cut, and their bus will arrive on time. People also need to be able to trust the decisions that their government makes over day-to-day matters from zoning to taxation and changes in personnel.
I’m committed to rebuilding trust and putting government to work for you. I believe we can work together to increase access to City services by:
Supporting expanded times for bus service and working to include new destinations;
Increasing responsiveness and resolution to reported nuisances and violations;
Addressing issues with parking and towing;
Researching avenues to address City worker shortages;
Considering alternatives to staff recommendations;
Engaging stakeholders before taking action; and
Communicating Council’s decisions with the community.
I believe it is my duty to help constituents navigate the often burdensome and frustrating bureaucratic red tape of local government. It is irresponsible to tell people “there’s nothing we can do.” Rather, if we work together, we’ll find a way.
People deserve to feel safe on the road, in their homes, at public amenities, and in their communities. As more incidents of violence include firearms, motorists continue to ignore the rules of the road, and threats are made against our schools, we must find a way to make our communities safer.
I’m committed to promoting programs and supporting solutions that make a difference. I believe we can work together to improve public safety by:
Increasing traffic patrols thoughtfully without creating a racial disparity of enforcement impacting people of color;
Supporting the implementation of an intervention and prevention framework targeted at the root causes of violence in our community;
Continuing to keep firearms out of our municipal buildings, parks, recreation centers, and our schools;
Advocating for the health, safety, pay, and benefits for our first responders;
Providing raises in starting salaries for law enforcement and addressing pay compression issues;
Researching recruitment and retention strategies to keep good cops on the job; and
Enforcing statewide police conduct standards to decertify bad apples on the force.
I’m confident we can make Roanoke a safer place, but we must have respect for those working to protect us and we must hold each other accountable for our own actions and words.
The present and future of Roanoke depend on the strength of this region and cooperation amongst our neighbors to work towards common goals that impact the livelihoods of us all.
I’m committed to helping Roanoke thrive. As long as we’re willing to work together and agree to support each other’s priorities, I believe we can invest in Roanoke and the Region by:
Supporting the arts through grants and efforts like the Roanoke Cultural Endowment;
Providing small and diverse businesses the knowledge and tools that they need to get started and expand services;
Addressing long deferred maintenance in our parks and natural assets that are crucial for our outdoor economy;
Administering a land bank to convert blighted properties into affordable housing for residents and temporary housing for people experiencing homelessness;
Supercharging environmental progress through renewable energy like solar and sustainable innovations like biogas;
Promoting and incubating economic development to meet the needs of emerging industries;
Educating a workforce that can fix aging infrastructure; and
We can transform this region to reach its potential while managing to keep Roanoke the same place we all know and love, but it’s going to take time, money, and resources. And its going to take all of us, working together to make it happen.