WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR OFFICE?
In the past 8 years on Council, we have completed four significant road projects, obtained the necessary funding to remediate the Water Street site and clear all of the remaining buildings thus making it redevelopment ready, implemented cost-savings and environmentally progressive LED streetlights throughout the City, and managed to strike a balance between improving the City now and keeping an eye towards the future.
I am running for office again because there is still work left to be done to move Ypsilanti forward.
I have the necessary in-depth understanding of the issues facing our community. I am the only candidate who has led the creation of policy that positively improves our parks and playgrounds, reconstructs roads, and improves the financial outlook of the City. My experience in dealing with multi-million dollar budgets, my extensive experience with City personnel and functions, and my background in creative problem solving make me the most qualified candidate
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PRIORITIES?
My top three priorities are correcting the City’s structural deficit, improving the escalating Fire & Police pension cost to taxpayers, and streamlining Staff response to constituent quality of life issues.
If we are to survive financially, we need to aggressively reform employee health care. We need to negotiate contracts that immediately begin to benefit taxpayers. We need to focus on present day solutions rather than next generation fixes.
In order to make the Water Street development project successful, we need focus on a two-pronged approach. We need to continue developing a plan to reduce operations by $1.7M by May of 2016, and we need to focus on aggressively marketing the property.
In order to maintain a high quality of life, we need to effectively resolve constituent concerns in a more timely fashion so that Ypsilanti will continue to be see as a clean, pretty, and safe community.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUE FOR THIS OFFICE?
The City main obstacle is the budget and how best to spend limited resources. Resources are always finite. With this in mind, the successful completion of any project requires proper prioritization. If Ypsilanti is to move forward, we need to continue to refine the way we deliver constituent services.