I have been on the Metro Council for 5 years now. I have 3 years to go before I am termed out. I am very honored to serve each and every one of the people in District 27. I have worked hard for my district. I have learned an immense amount about Government and the people that live in our district. I have loved serving my neighbors by getting codes issues taken care of to managing the city's budget to better insure Nashville's employee's are paid a deserving wage. The first year on Council I started noticing many things in our local government that affect our daily lives but even though it was something the Council had to deal with, the Council has no power to make a change. One of my biggest desires is to make the Codes Dept. better. Many times I went to make a change, I found out it was a State Issue and Council has no control. I knew then running for State was in my future. I have 3 more years on the Metro Council and I humbly ask for the opportunity to make a difference at the State level so I can make the changes that are needed at the Council level. Metro Council is a part-time job. State House Representative is a part-time job. So Yes, I want to work full time on making Nashville and Tennessee the best place to live.
When I ran for Metro Council last year in August I put on my website my campaign promises. I will list them again here and prove where I have accomplished all but one (Nolensville Pike which I am in the process) in less than a year.
I have worked with the school board to help choose the new Director of Schools. I spent several hours a week at several schools listening to students, teachers, and parents.
I voted to fully fund schools, and start a program to help put students in intern jobs.
Improve our Neighborhoods
I voted to add 3 new people to the Codes Department
My family has personally picked up trash for hours at a time. I have had numerous brush removal throughout our district.
I organized a group of teenagers and contractors to go out into the district and do 120 hours of free work to needy families.
I have supported a new study of a new company that has Nano technology to come in and clean our water ways. I am really excited about this and looking forward to seeing the results.
Improve Communication between Metro Council and District Residents
I return every phone call and email I receive. This will still continue if I am elected to State.
I have f elected to State I will hold a meeting before each session to hear what is important for you and what you will have me work on the next year.
I have continued to send out emails almost weekly. This will continue and become even more interesting and informative if elected to State.
I have organized the police and other Metro Departments to come to a join sponsored educational festival for our immigrant families.
This is something that is never ending with each and every thing I do. Our area is getting better daily.
This district has been my home for 30 years. I meet new people in the district everyday. There is simply no one more connected with the people and the needs of our district.
Increase our Property Values
Currently working on a UDO for the entire Pike
Approved a budget and plan for sidewalks in my district. The new water tower is complete. Several storm water issues have been resolved. And there is a lot more to come in this area. These items are extremely expensive and there are State grants that can be applied for and if I am elected to the State I will be able to pull for our District's needs.
I supported money to be given to the Chamber for their small business initiative. I have supported the funds to assist the Empowerment Center and the Entrepreneurial Center.
I voted against the Flood wall for downtown again this year. I supported paying off over $18.6 million or 15% of revenue growth to our debt service this year.
Police and Public Safety
We have added new police officers and fireman in this new budget for 2017. I have supported the Judge's Domestic Violence program and fully funded the extra money needed to incorporate this very desperately needed program.
There is one new watch group starting up near Westcrest Dr. so stay tuned. I am looking forward to the first meeting!
Along with adding new officers, I have been to a roll call before the police shift began and asked the officers to please stay on certain streets at certain times. I have also had several discussions with individual officers including the chief about the need for speeding enforcement in our area. I have seen the officers in our area more. There is still a lot of work to be done in this area but I know we have one of the best police departments in the Country!
I supported the increase in pay for the police officers and all of metro employees. This builds moral and also helps with hiring more seasoned and new career police officers. I also support the addition of the new police precinct near Murfreesboro Pike which will help split up the precincts and give less area for the officers to cover in their shift.
I have been working hard for you and if you allow me the opportunity, I will work hard for you at the State as well!