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While Leon County is a great place to live for so many, we can do better. Our people-powered campaign is about finding new ways to address old problems. The same old way of doing things will not improve the lives of everyone in our community and will not bring us to a better future. Together we can get to a government that serves all of us.

I want to hear from you! Send me a message to let me know what you need from your County Commissioner.


Affordable Housing

My top priority will be increasing the availability of affordable housing. Our community is among the many without nearly enough affordable housing. We need to pursue innovative solutions and increase the resources available to improve affordability.


Community First Economic Development

While building hotels and luxury apartments is exciting, we need to use our economic development budgets better. We should direct our economic development efforts to meet the needs not currently being met by the private sector. We lack enough primary care doctors, mental health professionals, affordable childcare, specialized medical services, reliable broadband internet, and more. Recruiting these companies and businesses should be the first priority for our economic development.


Inclusive Development

As we improve our neighborhoods, we need to include the long-time residents in the success of new developments. We will make sure all members of our community share in the benefits of neighborhood revitalization. 


Community Resilience & Stability

Our local government’s first priority should be meeting the basic needs of its residents. When all of our neighbors enjoy the stability of knowing their needs are met, our whole community can thrive together. My priority will always be to address the needs of our people before anything else proactively. The challenges we face will constantly change, and the answer will always be to support each other and face the uncertainty together as a community. 


Ethics & Transparency

The recent conviction of Scott Maddox and others brought light to a culture of insider access and influence that is all too prevalent in local governments. This damaged the trust you had in your local leaders to do what’s right for you. What we need now are leaders who serve only to benefit the people. I learned growing up that integrity is doing the right thing when it’s difficult and when no one is looking. I will serve with integrity and repair the trust in our government.


Environmental Preservation

We all enjoy the natural beauty of Leon County -- with our long-standing, heritage oak trees and beautiful local waterways. In our environmental protection efforts, we must make sure to preserve a clean and healthy environment for all. This is doubly important for those who have traditionally lived, worked, and played nearest to the sources of pollution.

As climate change continues to impact our County, with hotter summers, colder winters, and an increasing frequency of hurricanes that approach the panhandle, it's imperative that we act quickly on short-term and long-term solutions to improve our resiliency.

In the immediate, we need to make sure that our County has an adequate number of emergency cold night shelters and cool-off stations for when extreme weather events occur. We need to make sure we are investing in the local production of solar energy so that when powerful storms knock out facilities and lines to our grid, we can produce residual power.

Over the longterm, it is essential that we prepare for what we know is coming. We need more parks, green spaces, and tree coverage to help alleviate heat islands. We need to limit clearcutting that results in massive ecosystem changes and concurrent stormwater flooding. Leon County's Sustainability Action Plan calls for a reduction of our County's greenhouse gas emissions marginally by 2030. We need to review that periodically, and look for ways we can increase the reduction we are seeking, and how we can do it at a quicker pace.

Most important of all, we need to focus on mitigating climate change through our planning. More parking lots, road expansions, and lush forests turned into muddy quarries for single-family homes is not going to help Leon County. Encouraging growth that does not sprawl into the rural hinterland will be key to building a resilient future for our District, and for our County. We can absolutely get there.


Inclusive Policies

When I say I will pursue policies that put people first, that means all people. When it comes to the diverse workforce who keep our essential services and infrastructure running, and greater than that, the residents of our County -- I will work for you. I plan to use every avenue of government power to fight discrimination in Leon County. No one should be treated unfairly due to their race, gender, sexuality, or religion. I will always look to ensure our LGBTQ community in Leon County is protected and empowered, weighing any actions I take as a Commissioner through the lens of how they will affect those who are so often disproportionately harmed by government, or its inaction.

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