On the Issues

I am a problem solver and as a Corporate Cybersecurity Engineering Consultant and the HOA President of Raleigh's largest condo building, I have a history of coming up with creative solutions and compromises to difficult, and often contentious issues. I decided to run for Council because I think we need to be planning for a future where Raleigh is affordable, accessible, and welcoming to everyone. As a community that strives to be a leader in places to live and places to do business, we need to encourage new ideas and find creative solutions for the problems that our rapidly growing and evolving city faces.

Some of my top priorities for Raleigh are:

Efficiency

City government should ensure citizens are getting the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to how their money is spent. Finding the best way to use all the resources we have available is key. I want to find innovative ways to use our existing awesome city staff, other city resources, and partners in the community to increase the level of customer service the residents of Raleigh receive. This could mean more efficient permit processing, improved communication, and using technology to proactively detect problems related to traffic, stormwater, and other utility issues. 

Equity

I am a strong believer that everyone, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, gender, or sexual orientation, should have the same access to employment, housing, transportation, and government services. Equity is important to many prospective residents and businesses to our area, so Raleigh has to work extra hard to make sure that Raleigh is known as a place that is welcoming and affordable to all.

Housing Affordability

One of the draws of the Raleigh area is its relative affordability compared to other large cities across the country. However, a very strong housing market has led home prices to increase dramatically over the last few years. Raleigh needs to continue (and hopefully increase) its investments in affordable housing while also creating policies that reduce the cost of developing new housing and encourage density and variety in housing types so that housing is available to all.

Infrastructure

Raleigh sees an average of 40 net new residents every day. This can only be sustained through significant infrastructure investment. Transit is a big part of this. Obviously, we need to continue working on mass transit options, but we also need to configure our roads for use by more than just cars. Our future (and present in at least downtown) is multi-modal. Providing 1st class facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, scooters, and other new forms of transportation helps give residents the option of decreasing their dependence on cars. Water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure as well as green space and parks are just as important and must be funded appropriately.

Innovation

Raleigh is increasingly seen nationally as a tech and innovation hub. The city government should strive to be seen as a leader in this space as an example for prospective business investments in the area. This starts with being open to and supportive of new ideas. City Council has a history of shying away from new ways of doing things such as with scooters, Uber, and Airbnb. There is no denying that each of these comes with a new set of challenges, but I know there are ways of addressing the issues without regulating them to the point their business models are in jeopardy. Raleigh is the home to a rapidly growing number of startups, as well as one of nation's premier research universities, let's build a city government that can match that reputation of innovation.

Statement on Political Party Affiliation

Raleigh City Council is a non-partisan office and I believe that it should stay that way since most local issues are not part of a party platform and people may be more willing to work together to solve difficult problems when the issue of party is taken off of the table. However, I realize a lot of people still care so here is my stance.


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