Dear Fellow Anchorage Residents,
Thank you for your interest in learning more about my Assembly campaign. As I’ve knocked on doors and listened to voters all over Midtown, it’s clear that our city is at a critical juncture: as the state faces a daunting fiscal crisis, it is imperative that we work to achieve a financially sustainable budget that does not compromise our values or the services we rely on. Too often, our conversations revolve around the size of government - and whether it should be smaller or bigger. I'm no fan of either argument. Rather, I think about how we can make our government smarter and more effective.
The Municipality must provide the quality city services we as Anchorage residents expect to have access to, like public safety, road maintenance, and well-kept parks and trails. As the financial burden increases for Anchorage taxpayers, there is no doubt that the Municipality will have to look at ways to relieve residential property taxes. We must make sure that everyone who uses the services our city offers is equitably paying for these services. Before we think about employing a local sales tax, we should explore revenue options which target non-Anchorage residents.
The Anchorage Assembly will be making some difficult decisions over the next few years. I will lead the charge in setting our city up for a sustainable fiscal future while increasing the quality of life for all. This won’t be easy. We need an Assembly that is going to listen to voices all over our city and be a responsive and transparent institution. I’m ready to step up to the plate on your behalf to build a stronger Anchorage.
Thank you for your consideration,
Candidate for Anchorage Assembly
On the issues
STRENGTHENING PUBLIC SAFETY CAPACITY
• Bolster our police force
→ Based on our population and geography, we need more officers working for all of us. This will give the APD the capacity to be more strategic in how it fights crime.
→ When I talk to my neighbors in Midtown, they are concerned with the quality of life in their neighborhoods, due to increased property crimes and theft. We can and must do better to keep our residents safe.
• Expand community policing programs
→ With increased force capacity, our police department can increase foot patrol routes and focus on community action policing while building stronger relationships with neighborhoods.
• Reinstate specialized units
→ We must bring back the theft, drug and traffic units in order to more efficiently fight crime in our city.
ENSURING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
• Stimulate neighborhood growth throughout Midtown and Anchorage
→ Resources the Municipality spends on infrastructure or incentives the city gives for development should be equitably spread to promote growth in every neighborhood
• Incubate our city’s entrepreneurial community and fight to keep jobs here
→ Folks all around the country are looking to invest in our state. We must strategically use our resources and leverage, like the Angel Fund, to promote small business and bring more jobs to Anchorage
• Work to stabilize property taxes while maintaining the services we rely on
→ As the state shifts its costs to Anchorage taxpayers, we must ensure that property taxes do not skyrocket. That means looking at other forms of taxation to make sure all -- including non-Anchorage residents who use Municipal services -- are equitably paying for the services we rely on.
REPRESENTING ALL ANCHORAGE VOICES
• Revitalize public infrastructure to make our city accessible for all
→ More and more of our city’s residents are walking, biking and using public transportation than ever before. As someone who has relied solely on public transportation for much of my time in Anchorage, I understand how critical this infrastructure is. We must continue to build a 21st century city that is multimodal and accessible to all.
• Foster our city’s diversity and build inclusive communities
→ We are fortunate to live in one of the most diverse cities in the country - this makes us stronger, and makes Anchorage a vibrant place to live, work and play. We must work to make sure our city is accessible, equitable and liveable for all.
→ When it comes to the issue of homelessness, as I learned working in the Berkowitz Administration, we must employ innovative strategies: Reentry into society and the workforce, while costly, is much cheaper than perpetuating the cycle of homelessness which is straining taxpayers, nonprofits and public safety officers. That’s why I’ll support creative solutions – like worker programs, Housing First, and new concepts like tiny home villages – to address and end chronic homelessness.
• Ensure all students have the resources they need to succeed
→ We are fortunate to have superb schools in all corners of our city - we must continue to ensure resources are adequately distributed between our schools, and pressure our lawmakers to prioritize our teachers and students as budgets become tighter. Our schools must prepare our students to succeed in 21st century economies, and from learning foreign languages to gaining exposure to new technologies, now is simply not the time to leave our students behind.