I am the best candidate for City Council because with positivity, energy and optimism, I show up to activate progress on issues I care about. I’ve made Columbia Heights my home for the past 12 years. I am a leader in our community serving as a minister at First Lutheran, on the Parks and Rec Board, and as a Girl Scout volunteer. I’ve led the Central Avenue Clean-ups with HeightsNEXT, hosted the Community Iftar Dinner and organized groups to volunteer at SACA Food Shelf and Crestview Homes. As council member I would continue building connections in the community to increase access to city decision making for homeowners, renters, and business owners. Our collaboration must include BIPOC residents and other underrepresented citizens.
1) Livability: Our city has wonderful parks - we need to fully fund them, increase access and usability. Expand housing development and sustainability initiatives.
2) Business Development: Make Columbia Heights more competitive and reduce family tax burden with smart, new development. Let’s be bold and efficient in the management of zoning and licensing.
3) Transportation: Work with MnDOT to make Central Ave safer and more beautiful. Advocate for expanded public transportation infrastructure.
Everyone deserves a safe city. I will use my experience organizing the Columbia Heights Town Hall on Race (2020), leading domestic violence awareness forums with the Alexandra House, serving on the Mayor’s Rapid Response Team, and advocating as a citizen of our Police Department’s Multicultural Advisory Committee. Columbia Heights will be a stronger, more inclusive city when our diverse population is equitably represented at the policy making level on our city boards and commissions.
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I am best to serve on council for several reasons one being that with every decision and vote I make is what I believe is best for Columbia Heights. Leadership requires compromising and moving forward with the understanding that you often don't get exactly what you want. I purposely stay out of party politics to not have an agenda other than our city best interests. Not being associated with a party allows me to look at the facts and listen to all residents before making decisions best for Heights. Party politics can divide people and we deserve and should expect that in local non partisan races that elected officials be independent and represent everyone not a particular party, group or agenda.
Public safety has been and continues to be a top priority for me. I will continue to support and fund our police and fire departments for the tools,resources and training necessary.
Parks within Heights are well used but need to be updated to better serve our changing community. I have asked for skate, fitness, and all inclusive parks since on council. I purposed and the council agreed to dedicated park funding for the first time in decades.
Infrastructure upgrade are important for development
Communication of accurate information in a timely manner has improved but we need to do more to ensure anyone who wants information has easy access to avoid assumptions and mis leading statements.
Teamwork with the school district and local organizations continues to improve. Recently I led the way for a summer reading and activities program at a underused city facility on Circle Terrace. Having activities for kids and teenagers is important. I will continue to help form partnerships in the city
I am the strongest candidate for City Council because of my compassion, dedication, leadership abilities, and educational training. As a soon-to-be physician, I have already seen first-hand how local policy can both positively and negatively impact the health, quality of life, and well-being of patients. The residents of our community deserve to live in a city that prioritizes their needs and allows everyone who lives here to thrive. Representing a rapidly growing and important demographic of our city as a new, young, and biracial resident, I will bring a diverse voice to the City Council and promise to increase diversity and equity in all aspects of Heights. I am committed to doing the hard work to make this city better for everyone.
One of my top priorities is ensuring Heights has safe, accessible, and efficient public infrastructure. Investing in sidewalks, bike lanes, roads, and public transportation are crucial to make sure we can navigate our city and enjoy all it has to offer. Our city also needs to increase green energy initiatives and fully fund our parks as we work towards a better environment. Residents also deserve to have a transparent, representative, and responsible City Council that puts their needs first.
The best public safety is proactive public safety. As a city, we need to focus on ways we can ensure our residents are safe and how we can combat crime before something happens. This means increasing mental health services, investing in youth and adult programs, providing job opportunities for those in need, and updating outdated city ordinances that no longer work for Heights. Crime must be enforced but we need to ensure they better our community and work towards solving the root of the issue.