Local Economy Improvements: Focusing on an optimistic economic agenda for all-- one that can create quality, good-paying jobs for Athenians, prepare our residents for new and current job opportunities, and careers.
Expanding Transit: We need to work to expand our transit service while making sure we keep the current waived fees funded. We should work to expand the current Athens Technical College route to also visit Veteran Medical Services/the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. Athens Transit should reach areas of high employment concentration and service all of our public schools.
Affordable Housing: I will continue to support efforts that address improving affordable housing for our diverse, longtime community residents including a ban on student housing complexes in the Downtown National Historic District, eliminating the outdated single family housing restrictions that limits unrelated tenants to no more than two.
Health and Safety: Making sure our emergency response and government is adequately prepared to local and global health emergencies, like that of which we are currently seeing regarding COVID-19. We must work to make sure that our government is ready to respond in the future both economically and when it comes to emergency management. Additionally, regarding health and safety, I have long supported training and information campaigns as it relates to addressing sexual assault, binge-drinking, and discrimination.
Fight Discrimination: I have always fought to make sure our city is a place that welcomes every person - regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and more. It is disheartening to learn that discrimination still exists in our welcoming city. When UGA students presented me with 17 pages of detailed discrimination stories in December of 2015, the Mayor and Commission began steady work that lead to anti-discrimination ordinances. More work needs to be done to make a more effective process for turning in violations. Additionally, I support the inclusion office as well as expanding the anti discrimination ordinances.
Greenway Trail Expansion: Our greenways are an asset to our community and were supported overwhelmingly with SPLOST votes. The 2019 Greenway and Trails 2 Trail connectivity of the 2013 FREE Oconee Street Park and Ride expands their recreational use to a true alternative transportation path for work and school. We are closer than ever to expanding the Greenway through critical district 4 areas.
Accessibility: Increased communication and outreach of our government services to all of our citizens, connecting them to the resources they need and pay for. We must make sure busy, working residents and our elderly community members are informed and engaged with our decision making process.
Residential Property Rights: I'll continue to preserve and defend the property rights as requested by my District 4 constituents. Keeping millage rates low for our community members is critical as property values increase with the demands of folks wanting to live in Athens-Clarke County. I support researching the practicality of increasing the Homestead Exemption in the 2020 budget cycle.
Town and Gown Relations (Athens and UGA Relations): I am a county commissioner who takes representing our students, local residents, and businesses very seriously. We must work together and continue to foster a working relationship between our city and our university visitors, students, administration, faculty, and staff communities. This team effort will lead us to better decision making.