Informed. Fearless. Creative. Leadership.
Everybody wants to keep our property taxes low. There are several ways we can be wiser about our money.
Easier access to services
It’s a hassle just to pay your water bill, let alone monitor the city council. There are 21st-century solutions we can leverage.
Modernized public safety
90% of police calls are not related to crime. We can explore community services that can address those needs.
City life is stressful enough. We can improve public health and the environment in simple ways.
Thriving local businesses
The economy is fragile. There are creative ways to keep companies open, and to attract new employers.
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Making a Difference
Protecting the Environment
Humans need pollinators. I’ve helped Columbia Heights become a national leader in protecting this critical link in our food chain. We are recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for fulfilling the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. I have also made No Mow May a recognized city practice.
Community Grieving and Healing
Our society has deep problems with racism. Solutions will take generations. I recognize this injustice, I share the outrage, and I’m committed to long-term strategies. I have created a Rapid Response Team to ensure that everyone can assemble and demonstrate safely, if needed.
Listening and Leading by Example
Representation means constantly listening to our residents. I have established regular communication with various cultural communities within our city. I have also reestablished a Youth Commission in Columbia Heights.
Celebrating our Differences
One of the best features of Columbia Heights is our diversity. I recognize our many cultures and communities through official city proclamations, and by attending celebrations and events.
Reconciling Our Past
Many of us were raised on a single language and a single viewpoint of history without considering our immigrant and indigenous neighbors. I am proud to include a native land acknowledgement in city proceedings. I have also corrected the signage in our city park to include the correct spelling of our Sister City, Łomianki Poland.
Securing Our Future
Columbia Heights has been viewed as an old bedroom suburb, but we are actually building new spaces for both businesses and housing. The new city hall and several new apartment buildings will be opening soon. I’m excited to continue planning another large development project that will break ground in 2023.