My Values & Track record
BEING PRESENT AND ACCOUNTABLE
Engaging with you is my job. Beyond meetings and events, please contact me anytime.
Good government means that everyone's voices are valued and people can trust their government to serve them. Whether I'm analyzing legislation for our entire city or collaborating with community members to support specific efforts in the 8th Ward, your voice and needs are important.
Our city's residents know the resources available to them and work with government agencies and elected officials for the best outcomes, regardless of their location or leadership.
Communities share best practices and great ideas to strengthen the city overall.
People who are impacted are invited to inform decision makers, especially those who are not often considered. One example would be ensuring true ADA accessibility throughout our city.
In all of my roles, my core beliefs are that no human is illegal, love is love, black lives matter, and that we only enjoy the freedoms to be ourselves and pursue prosperity when those freedoms are extended to us all.
SMART PUBLIC SAFETY
All St. Louisans deserve to feel safe. We can make this a reality by changing our understanding of what true public safety means. This is going beyond law enforcement to think about human needs, neighborhood collaboration, and delivering resources.
Address the root causes of criminal activity such as poverty and a lack of access to community, educational and other social/environmental resources.
Tackle substance abuse in our community as a public health issue.
Utilize social workers and mental health professionals to address safety issues stemming from mental health, as well as a first line of intervention with nuisance properties.
Empowering communities to solve problems and reconcile differences; neighbors knowing and understanding each other goes a long way.
EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
We have been told over and over again that parts of our city have flourished while others have suffered greatly, and we need to be honest about our part in the suffering of our neighbors. There are many opportunities to work toward sustainable, equitable development in our 8th Ward and throughout our city. Examples include:
Ensure economic development is benefitting ALL residents through community benefit agreements and intentional, equity-focused analysis of development projects.
Implement and support neighborhood-based calls to action of the Ferguson Commission Report.
Empower women, immigrants, and persons of color in starting business and community projects.
Support the use of unionized labor in all taxpayer funded development projects, support the rights of all workers to unionize, and oppose all pushes for anti-labor legislation.
Implement consistent, transparent requirements and procedures regarding tax abatement and tax increment financing usage, including using a racial equity lens in assessing such financing.
Find creative solutions to promote affordable, healthy, inclusionary housing.