Speech for Republican Event May 15, 2016
I want to represent this city,
manage the budget,
and facilitate our city staff to be more creative, flexible, and efficient.
I want to keep our community safe,
help our city thrive,
I want our next generation to have more opportunities than we have today.
I’m a fighter.
When I was young, I fought my way out of a less than ideal childhood and became the first person in my family to ever graduate college and then grad school.
When 9/11 happened, I joined the Army. I have been fighting for and serving my country ever since.
About 3 years ago, I nearly drowned. Despite fighting the waves, I was sucked away by an undertow and was rescued. In that moment, I realized that I wasn’t fighting for enough people. I wasn’t fighting for my community. I also realized that you can’t fight every battle alone.
1 out of 4 of our kids aren’t graduating high school, 22% of our workforce commutes in everyday, our downtown is struggling. When citizens bring ideas to the government they are often met with obstacles. We have a war going on in our own back yard and we are losing.
I’m going to fight for this community.
I have the experience as a leader, with finances, and management to help us succeed.
Together we can recruit and retain our workforce, revitalize our downtown, and have more transparency and consistency in city government. Together we can create a better tomorrow.