Priorities

Equity and Inclusion - Priority #1

Kaitlyn and I organize a neighborhood block party in front of our house. Participating in the community is one of the many ways I will make sure everyone has a voice.

Kaitlyn and I organize a neighborhood block party in front of our house. Participating in the community is one of the many ways I will make sure everyone has a voice.

I believe that your zip code shouldn’t determine your risk of heart disease. Your ultimate educational attainment shouldn’t be affected by what elementary school your children attend. And reliable, safe transportation should be accessible to all, regardless of income level. My top priority as a city council person will be to reinvest in our most vulnerable communities.

Every decision I make will be viewed through a lens of social justice, equity, and inclusion and I will strive to engage diverse voices on every issue.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Sometimes infrastructure improvements as simple as a crosswalk can bring about big change. In the picture above you can see a temporary crosswalk and bus stop improvement my colleagues and I installed at the corner of 35th and Askew right next to the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church.

Sometimes infrastructure improvements as simple as a crosswalk can bring about big change. In the picture above you can see a temporary crosswalk and bus stop improvement my colleagues and I installed at the corner of 35th and Askew right next to the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church.

Nobody in Kansas City feels like they are getting their fair share of public improvements. I frequently hear residents from every corner of the city express concern that all of their tax dollars leave their neighborhood to support some other part of the city. And they are right to feel that way. Decisions about capital improvements and maintenance are often made in a black box without public input or explanation.

But when city leaders make decisions that are in the best interest of the people they serve, then nobody has to feel left out or that they aren’t getting their fair share. This starts with elected leaders who will listen to the people and make policy that reflects our collective values and addresses our challenges.

 

Housing and Neighborhoods - Priority for Resilient Communities

This home in my neighborhood had been vacant for over a decade. It is now getting new life and will soon be a home again. We must encourage small-scale, incremental re-investment.

This home in my neighborhood had been vacant for over a decade. It is now getting new life and will soon be a home again. We must encourage small-scale, incremental re-investment.

A thriving, healthy community must have housing that is not only affordable but is close to great schools, parks, jobs, and public transportation. I will champion policies that ensure that housing is affordable and accessible for all.

Kansas City is booming and I believe we can adapt to meet the growing demand for housing while continuing to honor and preserve our unique historic character. To stabilize rising rents I will work to encourage development of new homes of all types, especially affordable housing.

We must find a way to continue improving quality of life without displacing our neighbors. As we reinvest in our communities we must make sure housing is safe, accessible, and affordable for all. I promise to champion policies that will do just that. 

Apartment buildings throughout our urban neighborhoods are in high demand. This one in my neighborhood was recently purchased and renovated. The families who lived there were faced with a decision - stay in place and pay double the rent or move away to a less expensive home. I will work to find creative ways to ensure our residents can live in the neighborhood of their choice without fearing displacement.

Apartment buildings throughout our urban neighborhoods are in high demand. This one in my neighborhood was recently purchased and renovated. The families who lived there were faced with a decision - stay in place and pay double the rent or move away to a less expensive home. I will work to find creative ways to ensure our residents can live in the neighborhood of their choice without fearing displacement.

Public Education - A Personal Priority

My colleagues and I organize annual Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day events. 

My colleagues and I organize annual Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day events. 

I will ensure the city is a great partner with the 15 school districts that serve KCMO students. This starts with prioritizing public improvements that make our school zones safe and inviting. Schools should be neighborhood anchors and I believe the city should work harder to ensure that is true.

I also believe that every parent should have the ability to provide their kids with quality early education. As a city council member I will work for universal Pre-K in our most vulnerable communities.

As a transportation policy and community planning professional, my work has led to tangible neighborhood improvements for students.

As a transportation policy and community planning professional, my work has led to tangible neighborhood improvements for students.