Council District: St Petersburg City Council, District 2
Top 3 Priorities, If Elected:
My top three priorities when reelected will be to continue the work to address our affordable and workforce housing needs, promote and support initiatives to protect and ensure the long-term sustainability of our coastal neighborhoods, and continue to provide clear and transparent communication with residents.
Hometown: Connersville, IN
Years in St. Pete: 17+
Current or Most Recent Non-Elected Occupation & Employer:
Realtor, Smith and Associates Real Estate
Current or Most Recent Elected Position:
Current St. Petersburg City Councilmember
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Married for 15 years and have a 10-year-old child
3 Specific Actions, Policies or Programs I Can Influence, if Elected, That Will Make Life Meaningfully Better for African Americans in St. Pete:
In my professional life, I’ve seen the value of safe, quality affordable homeownership. Where the city can help, it should intervene to increase availability and access to homeownership. Down payment assistance programs, financial literacy education, job training, and access to higher-wage jobs can move our residents toward the life-changing milestone of homeownership. We also need to invest properly in policies and programs that will combat the food and nutrition security issues that exist disproportionately in communities of color. Healthier communities oftentimes are safer communities by design and statistically wealthier overall. Finally, planning and funding more transit initiatives is work I have done at the County level on behalf of the residents of St Pete and look forward to continuing. Connecting our residents to jobs and educational opportunities throughout the region provides economic opportunities many other communities are already afforded.