Below are the issues I’ve prioritized while serving on Raleigh City Council.
Raleigh is a rapidly growing city. It’s an exciting time to live here. But with that growth comes challenges, like infrastructure and transportation needs. I am an advocate for responsible development that is mindful of these needs
Public transportation should be safe and accessible to all, especially to those who rely on it most. Many bus stops in our city lack shelters or lighting, especially in areas that are most dependent upon public transit for connectivity. This is an issue I am working to address. We must also build more bike lanes, and begin building protected bike lanes, especially downtown, so that our citizens have more safe, diverse transportation options.
I am also working to find solutions to protect and increase affordable housing, so that as Raleigh continues to grow, we ensure there remains space and opportunity for all our citizens. We must also focus on building density and height downtown and along our transit corridors. I am an advocate for allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) by right. I am also an advocate for allowing duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes; these types of structures make housing more affordable while also reducing carbon emissions.
Our city cannot afford to stifle innovation. We must continue to be a place that is accepting of new ideas and businesses.
I govern from a place of “yes” when confronted with new opportunities. Sometimes new opportunities also create new challenges; recent examples being ADUs, homestays, and electronic scooters. How we address these emergent issues says a lot about our city, and our willingness to innovate and grow. I am committed to reaching compromise solutions, rather than taking positions that are regressive.
I am also committed to making doing business with our city more efficient, especially as it relates to construction and permitting. Many small business owners simply cannot afford to endure long delays in the permitting and construction process. I am working to empower the city staff to streamline this process so that our city remains business friendly.
Equality and Equity
As a community organizer and nonprofit leader, I have seen firsthand what happens when we greet all people with open arms. I am working to address inequities in our city, so that everyone who lives here has the opportunity to succeed.
I am committed to ensuring that access to city resources is equitable. Too often the areas of our city that lack funding and resources are in communities of color. I am working to address this issue.
I am also committed to confronting injustices facing underrepresented communities and expanding protections for our LGBTQ neighbors. We all share in the responsibility to guarantee Raleigh is a diverse, open and welcoming city for all.
Let’s work together to create a fairer, more accessible, and progressive Raleigh!