Traffic: I am a strong supporter of mass transit and a longtime champion of the DASH bus system. I was an early advocate of the Potomac Yard Metro Station and the three corridor transitways. I want to continue to make our City more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Housing Affordability: Increasing and maintaining workforce/affordable housing is of great importance to me. I will be working to ensure that we have an adequate mix of housing options to serve the needs of all of our residents.
Taxes: I understand homeowners’ concerns about their real estate taxes. I am always looking for ways to expand our tax base, to ensure efficiencies in all City departments, and to prioritize expenditures. You can count on me to support responsible budgets that are fair and balanced, and which protect core City services and reflect the community’s values.
Education: My goal is for all of our schools to excel academically and to offer each and every student a high quality education. I have a solid record of support for increasing the access to pre-school for more students. Our young children need to be prepared to learn as they begin kindergarten. I have strongly advocated for smaller class sizes.
Quality of Life: I have fought for clean and safe neighborhoods, open space, recreational opportunities, and programs for seniors and youth. As co-chair of the Mirant Community Monitoring Group, I played a leading role in bringing about the successful closing of the Mirant (now NRG) power plant, so we can all enjoy healthy clean air. I am working to make sure that we continue to attract shops, restaurants, and services that are important to the daily life of us all. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community, and I am committed to helping them thrive. Finally, I will be working to ensure that our City is as visually attractive as possible through maintenance and plantings along our streets and sidewalks.
Sustainable Development: A redeveloped and high performing Landmark Mall is very important to the City’s economy and tax base and to our residents. I will be focusing on this project to ensure that it moves forward. The National Science Foundation and the Transportation Security Administration, when open, will bring much needed economic activity to Eisenhower Avenue. Exciting things are happening in the Potomac Yard and Oakville areas, as well as the Old Town North area, and elsewhere in our City.