Our residents deserve a City Hall that can readily provide services to meet their needs. This begins with establishing clear communication through the appointment of essential leadership and accessible updated information on our city website. Modernized and responsive mechanisms on an updated interface will encourage residents to know they have our support.
Equity within our education system is only the start of strengthening the minds of our city’s youth. Implementing programs that empower educators and propel students to achieve higher education regardless of zip code is one of my key initiatives. Continued communication between the School Board and the City Council are empowering factors that enhance the curriculum and inspire our educators to continue bringing everything they have to the table to uplift our youth.
I have sought to implement measures and programs to keep our community safe in crisis and in response to violence. Residents should live with the assurance that their health, safety, and welfare are as much a priority to me as it is to them. I intend to implement programs and reallocate funds to support community safety.
Our area consists of nearly 120 square miles. With our size and depth, I know and am committed to investing in a culture that drives businesses forward and encourages our entrepreneurs to propel Newport News to a place where we can compete with other cities.
Access to affordable housing is a challenge I intend to face head-on. The foundation of a person’s hierarchy of needs begins with security in their shelter and addressing concerns about their access to health resources. Through establishing a homelessness task force and targeted workshops, we will take the steps necessary to secure a solid footing toward building their foundation.
Barriers to public transportation are also barriers to connecting with healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. Promoting a connection to our city’s downtown and uptown areas from many neighborhoods and prioritizing access to the airport is part of my improvement plan for our transportation systems.