Prioritizing Public Safety
Public safety is one of the most important responsibilities for local government to oversee. I will prioritize our citizens’ safety, security and well-being. As crime rates change in the region, it will be vital that our city’s policies are timely regarding resources and training for our law enforcement officers. I’m an advocate for the philosophy of community policing that has proven to be an effective, fair and accountable way to safeguard citizens. I will also work to keep the city’s emergency preparedness plan up-to-date and varied so that the city can efficiently respond to a multitude of potential disasters or health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that it’s expensive when the government is not prepared. The growth in mental health concerns, substance abuse, and violent crime in the region are also a part of the ever-present threats to our children’s health and safety. This is why I’m an advocate of increasing the School Resource Officer (SRO) coverage in our schools. We currently only have 1 SRO servicing 4 schools. This is well below recommended best practices.
Maximizing Community Resources
Maximizing and offering a variety of public goods enhances the wellbeing and social benefits of every citizen in Liberty Lake. Highly rated cities utilize their infrastructure, parks and community spaces to promote community pride and satisfaction. It is a top priority of mine to use our public goods and idle city capacity to promote a strong sense of community, and focus activities centered around family. Well maintained public spaces have strong economic benefits for our city as well. Attractive public goods act as a pull factor to our city, increasing consumption at our local businesses and increasing the value of our home prices. Currently, the city has idle land that needs to be prioritized in a strategic plan to enhance our community development. Additionally, the city will need to undertake the construction of public use facilities, like a community pool, that are not being provided by the private sector.
Firm Supporter of the Constitution and Bill of Rights
We live in a unique point in history where more freedoms have been extended to citizens than at almost any other time. It is vital that we safeguard those freedoms and not trade them for a quick fix to a perceived problem. Over the last year, we have seen a willingness to reduce those freedoms. Locally, the attack on our city’s library brought in a vague policy that had the potential to stifle more speech than necessary. The library policy also resonated across the region as reactionary and intolerant. In addition to infringing on the Constitution, the attack on the library was a public relations mistake for our city. I am a firm supporter of city policy that honors the civil liberties, rights and equal protection afforded to each citizen in the United States of America.
As the city grows, it will be critical that our strategic plan maintains a vision of Liberty Lake that incorporates sustainable growth, intelligent urban planning, continued infrastructural development balanced with regional partners, preservation and conservation of important green spaces and cooperation with all stakeholders. The current need and requirement of high-density housing will require the city to address and modify zoning. This change in zoning will demand significant cooperation from stakeholders. Disrupting the existing planned neighborhoods will be a long-term mistake for our city. Looking for attractive ways to increase our urban development consistent with the look and flow of the city is imperative in maintaining the vision of Liberty Lake.
Support of Business
A strong business sector is key to providing needed goods, services and jobs. I advocate for government policy that supports economic growth, promotes local businesses and attracts new businesses to fill the gap in goods and services not currently being met locally.