As we commemorate the centennial since the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March for women’s equality and the right to vote, I am honored to have the opportunity to run for Albany Common Council to represent the First Ward. This is an exciting time to run for public office. From the White House to local government there is an evolving cultural shift to focus on transparency, accountability and ethical leadership. The Albany Common Council provides me with a platform to address two priority issues:
As a public health advocate, I understand that an unhealthy community cannot reach its fullest potential unless the health care needs of every person are adequately met. For this reason, I will work to improve the health outcomes and wellbeing of residents in the First Ward. As a council member I will work collaboratively with community, government, and other partners to plan, implement and support initiatives and legislation to improve the overall health status of residents in the First Ward. Some examples of these initiatives include conducting forums on the Affordable Care Act (ACA); promoting the use of public parks; promoting health and nutrition; organizing ward-wide health events; and supporting SNUG legislation to decrease gun violence.
One of the many attractive features of the First Ward is the Delaware Avenue corridor, home to local businesses which are the backbone of this community. Because of these businesses, First Ward residents including our seniors have access to quality goods. In addition to local businesses, the First Ward has many great features including affordable homes and a diverse population. These features and more attracted my husband and I to become first time home owners and contribute to making this area an ideal location for existing residents and the thousands of professionals who flock to Albany for educational and job opportunities. To enhance economic development in this community, I will work with businesses to develop strategies to increase and sustain consumer purchasing; assess the economic development needs of residents; promote workforce development; and support legislation that will provide tax incentives for first time homeowners.
I am a life-long Democrat, homeowner, taxpayer and proud resident of the First Ward. I understand the issues facing our neighborhood and would be honored to address the issues head on. I will work hard to serve you well.