What I Believe
I want to help grow Westerville into the best possible community, not just for some people, but for everyone. Here's my approach:
Watch the City's Wallet:
* Cut financial waste and improve efficiency to make better use of every dollar
* Correct poor planning that has resulted in unnecessary spending and poorly executed projects
* Ensure that business tax incentives, such as abatements and TIFs, truly benefit our schools and community
* No income tax increases! City Council needs to learn to live within its budget
Help Families, Businesses, and Seniors Succeed:
* Improve Westerville's transportation system to reduce traffic congestion and increase Uptown parking
* Promote environmental sustainability projects that save the city, local businesses, and residents money
*Address the economic challenges faced by many children, seniors, and families in our community
* Focus on the continued growth of small, independent businesses, particularly those run by women and minorities
More on the Issues....
Fiscal Responsibility In Westerville, over 25% of households -- as well as nearly 1 in 5 children, and 1 in 10 seniors -- are considered poor. Yet the city continually invests millions of dollars in projects that man feel are unnecessary. I believe that City Council has a responsibility to do what they can to use our tax dollars to benefit ALL Westerville citizens.
Schools Families and schools are the heart of our community. Strong schools today will build a stronger Westerville tomorrow. This is why providing resources for schools and families will always be one of my top priorities.
Transportation Sick of the traffic congestion, lack of parking, and constant construction in Westerville? I believe that it's time to explore other options, such as cheap and reliable public transportation, that will help alleviate some of these problems.
Responsible Growth and Environmental Sustainability It is vital that we continue to grow a strong local economy. However, we must do so responsibly, and with attention to environmental sustainability. Building on every scrap of land is not the answer. I'm interested in looking for alternative energy sources that will help preserve our future environment while also saving our citizens money.
Diversity and Inclusivity Now more than ever, local government has a responsibility to protect the livelihood and well-being of every single one of its citizens. Yet the hate crime rate in Westerville is higher than both the state and national average. Through measures such as anti-discrimination ordinances, we can make sure that EVERY resident of Westerville feels welcome, safe, and at home here.