We are in the middle of a housing crisis. This is our city's number one issue right now. It's even part of the reason I ended up filling this seat in a Special Election - former City Council Member Sonia Harvey had to move out of Ward 1 to find affordable housing and step down from her elected position.
Fayetteville is at a crossroads. We can either become unaffordable, sprawling and gridlocked. Or we can chart a better path.
As Fayetteville grows, we need to ensure that it does so in a thoughtful and deliberate way. We may not like the fact that we are transitioning from a town into a city, but it is happening. In order for Fayetteville to remain the place we all love and can afford, we need to guide this growth. We need to do it in a way where we keep what we love about Fayetteville while adding what we need.
I've also heard from many Fayetteville neighbors concerned about the number of short-term rentals owned by out-of-state absentee owners, especially while we're in a housing crisis. We need to preserve as much of our limited housing as possible for full-time residents.
Let's make sure Ward 1 and the south side of Fayetteville get our fair share of city services and public works. The city budget is mainly funded with sales taxes, which we ALL pay into. We all buy things at the stores. But Ward 1 still has some catching up to do, due to policies in decades past.
Simply put, we need better basic infrastructure on the south side of town, including sidewalks, transit, trails, and drainage. For example, my brother used to live in Stonebridge, and I had to help him stack sandbags to prevent his home from flooding during heavy rains.
The money that the city spends on infrastructure should be distributed equitably. I will continue to fight for Ward 1 to get its fair share.
The Creative Economy
Fayetteville has always been home to creative people in many different fields. We need to look at ways to retain more of that incredible talent. Let's make sure Fayetteville remains an affordable and welcoming place where people can thrive. Many studies show for every dollar invested in the creative economy, you get more back than what you put in, in terms of economic growth.
As a member of the Fayetteville Arts Council for the past five years, I worked on ideas and solutions to boost our Creative Economy. I also advocated for public works projects like the new mural at the Walker Park basketball courts, which was done at no cost to the taxpayers.
Fayetteville has a number of other important issues that I want to make sure we fight for:
- Supporting Services that Address Homelessness
- Protecting Our Environment
(I'm a former member of the Fayetteville Urban Forestry commission)
- Fighting Invasive Species
- Enhancing Walkability & Bikeability
- Opposed to any Book Bans or Censorship at our Public Library
Let me know what's important to you! Above all, I'm here to listen!