Why did this job and where do I hope we go from here?
We are facing challenging times. Until there is an acceptance of the fundamental premise that no one person is better than another, there can be no healing. It is not enough to speak out or speak loudly. We must see clearly, seek truth and fight oppression. Systemic racism and white supremacy will only change with structural change that is built on truth. I encourage everyone to find something tangible to do to further change.
We should not accept a narrative that places our community and our Country second to personal gain.
I served as an alderman for the 4th Ward because I wanted to help build a strong community. As Evanstonians, we interact on many levels as a community: at work and play, in school and at worship, at athletic & cultural arts events, in the pursuit of our hobbies and in support of the many social causes in which we believe. That interaction is what makes us such a vibrant community. What's wonderful about Evanston is that it has always naturally fostered interaction. Evanston already has what new, planned communities are striving to create: neighborhoods where neighbors know each other and can enjoy a 'walk-to-everything' lifestyle. Evanston is truly a community rich with many gifts.
At the same time, there is more than one Evanston. It is time to break down the walls and barriers that still exist as obstacles to equity and opportunity.
Our local businesses are in crisis. We work diligently to provide a supportive environment and to develop strategies and infrastructure to give our businesses their best shot at success.
It is my opinion that our local government should go beyond providing basic services. That it should strive to create and maintain the highest quality of life for our residents and businesses.
In order to accomplish this goal, the City must be economically strong. With a challenging economic environment already upon us, we will have to be more diligent than ever in managing our finances. In making decisions, our strategies and planning must incorporate the principles of sustainable growth and must take economic and social impact into account. We have an obligation to prioritize our social needs such as affordable housing, education and job creation. Our greatest asset in Evanston is our people.
Visit the link below to sign on as a Facebook supporter!