My story has centered around community building and social justice and I will advocate for those values in City Hall. I know that livability and responsible growth are critical to the sustainability of our city. And I want to create public spaces, economic opportunities, and neighborhoods where people can work, play, and thrive. As your Third District council member I will be fair and honest, speaking out for those who do not have a seat at the table. I will protect what makes Lexington special while working toward a viable, vibrant future.
LIST OF ISSUES
Greenspace & Environmentalism
I believe that responsible stewardship of our natural resources is critical to living healthier, happier lives. Parks and greenspaces of all sizes are important for neighborhood cohesion and the health of our community. Maintaining the Urban Service Boundary is necessary to protect the surrounding landscape and to preserve what makes Lexington beautiful and unique. I will use my position on council to advocate for sustainable, green practices in our city, including improved recycling capacity and carbon neutrality.
Performing, Visual & Literary Arts
I am a practicing writer and I understand the power of the arts to bring communities together, increase vibrancy, and generate diversity of expression. Support for arts programming and events can connect different communities and should be encouraged like any other type of entrepreneurship. We have the opportunity to develop and expand Lexington’s reputation as a city for the arts. As your council member, I will advocate for funding, zoning, and partnerships that promote the arts. Through increased and equitable support, we can further that vision and create inclusive, meaningful spaces for creative expression.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure
Out of necessity I own a car, but biking and walking are my preferred forms of transportation. Accessibility is necessary for the health of our neighborhoods and the mobility of our residents. It is critical that we develop infrastructure that benefits all of our citizens. By creating more bike lanes, maintaining our sidewalks, and intelligent investment in public transportation, we can generate avenues for residents to build personal connections, support local businesses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and maintain a healthy city.
Investing in our downtown means investing in the economic vitality and accessibility of our city. Lexington’s central hub has blossomed in recent years. However there is still much work to be done to ensure that the heart of our city benefits and engages people from Lexington and beyond. Transparency and accountability are the keys to good stewardship and I will bolster investments that will improve the quality of life in our downtown district. Such initiatives include efforts like the Town Branch Commons that generate access to green space, connect business and pleasure, and increase the accessibility of our city to local, national, and international visitors alike.
LGBTQ+ & Human Rights
I am personally invested in creating a more equitable city. That means working hard to make Lexington more fair with LGBTQ+ and human rights initiatives. Lexington has made great strides with LGBTQ+ equality, but we should work to increase services and protections that benefit everyone within our city. Over the coming term, we have the opportunity to secure transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for municipal employees, create more diverse and inclusive workplaces, and protect our youth from bullying and conversion therapy. As your city council member, I will expand our LGBTQ+ and minority protections and advocate for equitable practices.
Community Connections & Resiliency
We are all connected to our neighbors, whether we like it or not. During times of disaster and hardship, however, we rely on local communities more than ever. In the same way that 'all politics is local,' so, too, is crisis response. Familiarity and shared purpose will help bind our neighborhoods together and keep us resilient during times of hardship. I want to work to cut through barriers of class, age, race, sexual orientation and status to help connect people and find common ground so we can address the challenges that face us as a society, today, tomorrow, and beyond.