I want to make sure our families have safe places to go by making sure parks & recreation centers are secure and well maintained, and that there are public programs and venues available to keep kids and teens off the streets and in a more positive environment. From my days of teaching, I learned that families that are close and spend more time with each other often lead to more successful students. Having accessible locations for family outings will help families become closer, and the child feel more loved.
As a special education teacher, I believe every child deserves an equal opportunity to be the best person they can be. I want to ensure ALL students are being given a proper education, and have access to the schools & facilities where they can learn and thrive without the many fears our students face today. They are the future and deserve a place they can grow and feel safe at.
I believe more funding is needed for education and I would like to see an audit on how the school district spends its money. I know when I was with the district, I'd see unnecessary spending and overpaying. With that, i'd like to work closer with the county and state to ensure that ever child can be successful.
Families and young adults also need entertainment venues and programming available. I'd like to work closer with the county to make sure this happens whether it be through recreation centers, special events at parks, youth programs, the library system, or by getting an all age venue just to have concerts and events in. Music, sports, art have always been a big part of my life, and they help keep kids off the streets and help minds develop.
Speaking to constituents, I know another concern is infrastructure of Ward 3. Some strip malls and shopping centers are looking dated and could use makeovers, streets have potholes, and something I've heard more than once is, when does street sweeping take place? I would like to work with developers to improve their holdings, with the city to improve road conditions, and with public works to get a schedule out to the people to know when the streets are being cleaned and when other public works are taking place in their neighborhood. Maybe we can get a refrigerator magnet for every household that has numbers to call to get a streetlight fixed, to remove graffiti, to report code violations or for any other concern. This community is yours, now lets bring power back to the people!