I am happy that we now have about 1000 new residents in our city. This is an indication that people like DC, and we should be happy for that. We also know that this growth in population brings challenges, and housing is one of them. I believe affordable housing is a basic human right and racial justice issue. As a resident of the District I have experienced firsthand the strain and pressure it has on the family. In my work in the community I have been an advocate for affordable housing and for renter’s/tenant’s rights. As Councilmember, I will continue to support and push for more rent control legislation, I will support fully funding DHCD’s tools and programs, and will push for more initiatives that fund Community Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBO). I will support relaxing rules and regulations that make it difficult for buyers and tenants to get into homes.
Education, like housing, is a basic necessity for survival. Our children deserve nothing but the best education. In the 80’s my parents left the city and moved to the suburbs, especially because they felt that DC’s public schools were not at par with those in the suburbs. Over 30 years later we still have education disparity, not only when comparing our schools some in the nearby counties, but within the city. A good primary education in DC can’t be only a private education, or and education based on your zip code. We need to ensure, not only that all schools throughout the city are well funded but we also need to ensure that our educators are competent and can inspire our students to achieve greatness. We need to bring our public primary school system in line with our higher learning institutions. All students in DC deserve to have one of the best public school system in the nation. I intend to work with students/parents organizations, school administrators and staff and faculty to address issues and bring ideas to fruition that will improve the school system. A good education is the basis for survival and success. A good education is the closest guarantee we have to success. And we in DC must guarantee our children a school system that provides them the opportunity for a shot at success.
We have seen an escalation of violence in the District and we are no stranger to high crime rates. We also had a decline in trust of police in our communities. For some time now, DC has had one of the highest police to resident ratios in the nation; currently with a police force of nearly 4000 officers. As a Councilmember, I will make sure that Public Safety is well funded at all levels, I will continue to support measures that help build trust between community and law enforcement. I will support measure that reinforce accountability, and I will support measures that look at best practices to help reduce homicides.
Growth in the DMV has made it more important than ever to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable transportation modes. However, the challenge continues to be long travel times and more pollution. We need to have leadership that will guide our neighboring states in solutions to our shared challenges. I fully support green
Investing in Our Collective Future
Expose as we Educate
The lack of soft skill investment in our current curriculum has left thousands of DCPS graduates without the necessary tools to excel in our local job market. The case for additional soft skill development is evident by introduction of the MBSYEP Enhancement Amendment Act of 2017. As a council member I will:
Prioritize District Residents in the Job Market
Build Safe and Supported Communities
Transform Communities and Infrastructure