In pursuit of a city government that is focused on the needs of the working class, I would like to announce my intention to run for Raleigh City Council At-Large in 2021. After the drama of the 2020 election cycle, we can work for a better Raleigh for all of us. It has been said that everyone should have a seat at the table in governing Raleigh, but today, only the developers have a real say. I am committed to representing the working people of Raleigh, not just the wealthy.
I believe in the following:
- Public transportation should be free at the point of use.
- No rezoning until there is adequate affordable housing for people across the spectrum of income in Raleigh.
- Gentrification of Southeast Raleigh should stop. In particular, the Downtown South project should be resisted and, at the very least, not funded with public money. It should not move forward until after the pandemic and a more comprehensive public input period
- Focus must be on affordable housing initiatives for the un-housed and low paid workers first.
- The Police Department must be defunded and replaced by community-controlled de-escalation task forces that focus on protecting lives over property.
- Setting up a “Chamber of Labor” as a counterweight to the Chamber of Commerce to advise the council on conditions of the workers, not the bosses, in Raleigh.
- Passing a strong city-wide non-discrimination ordinance.
- Creating buffer zones around reproductive health clinics in the city.
- Restoring and expanding the Citizens Advisory Councils.
Together we can make Raleigh a better place for all, not just the rich.
Candidate for Raleigh City Council At-Large 2021