Ann Arbor needs leaders that make consensus-based policy decisions reflective of best practices, robust and transparent community engagement, and the progressive values of our community. As the Chair of the Park Advisory Commission (PAC), I adhered to a fiscally responsible philosophy of preserving and improving our existing resources, while looking for creative partnerships to fund new opportunities. I worked to keep the Senior Center open, improve golf course operations, and engaged the community to influence the future direction of amenities including: riverfront recreation, the Allen Creek Greenway, and downtown open space.
If elected to City Council, it will be my responsibility to ensure that communication is a two-way street between the City Council and you. One of my top priorities is to provide you with regular updates on the City policies that impact your life, promptly respond to your emails and calls, and hold regular office hours throughout the ward. I am a strong proponent of public engagement and will work hard to listen to many voices – not simply the loudest. When the City is faced with a complex issue, I understand that the best solutions will include your perspective. When I represent you on City Council, know that your voice is heard.
Ann Arbor is an exceptional community, and if elected to City Council, I want to ensure that the city’s spirit continues to thrive. This begins, but does not end, with the provision of exceptional core services. To have well-paved roads, adequate numbers of police and fire fighters, and readily accessible transportation all work to improve the quality of life for residents. Ultimately, my goal is to foster vibrant neighborhoods which attract residents of all ages and help the city grow.
I believe that responsible growth and a healthy downtown benefits every citizen in Ann Arbor. A vibrant downtown attracts residents, businesses, and visitors to our city, provides attractive public gathering spaces, and builds our tax base to help sustain the vital core services that support our neighborhoods.
I recognize and appreciate the concerns that many residents express regarding the location, appearance, and pace of recent downtown development. I believe that future development downtown should be a process that involves robust public engagement to ensure that our downtown is in alignment with citizen’s views. Ann Arbor is also in a position to potentially develop a number of city-owned properties in the downtown and near downtown. As a city, we need to actively engage the public to create development that is fiscally sound, reflective of our rich history, and consistent with residents’ preferences for the use and aesthetics of these shared spaces.