When I had the opportunity to serve the 5th District, my focus was solving real challenges with real solutions: aggressively working to correct sewer and flooding problems, build sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, playgrounds and bike lanes, and put more police officers in our neighborhoods.
I chaired the Sanitary Sewer Oversight Committee that made sewer maintenance and repair a priority in the 5th District, championed the legislation that created the Internal Audit Committee and helped expand the Police Sector program.
Our incumbent representative put a stop to that progress, choosing instead to spend time on wine-tasting parties and the interests of out-of-state developers. She even voted against state-funded new sidewalks on Tates Creek Road, (forcing the council to build them over her objections). That can't happen again, especially when city funding is scarce.
My opponent's platform is full of time-wasting preparation, strategic plans, evaluations and end dates. That is nothing more than a platform for further delays and inaction. We already know what the problems are. What we need are start dates, not end dates. We need someone who will cut through red tape and get things done.
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We need a representative on council who truly understands the 5th District. That is why city workers and leading citizens like Dr. David Stevens, Isabel Yates and Ralph Hacker have endorsed my candidacy.
And while we are at it, I will introduce legislation immediately that puts an end to the practice of City Hall using taxpayer dollars to sue itself. C'mon, really?