Neighborhood: 5th Ward
Political Experience: I have countless years of corporate, political organizing, community service, and grassroots issue advocacy experience. However, my race for election as Alderman of the 5th Ward is my first attempt at public office.
Your take on crime: Crime unfortunately increased in St. Louis in 2019 through 2021; especially homicides, other violent crimes, and property crimes. While law enforcement, prosecution, and incarceration play important roles in addressing serious crimes, I favor programs and strategies that address the root causes of crime such as jobs, education/training, poverty, inadequate housing, food insecurity, etc. I also favor improved street lighting and traffic-calming measures to reduce opportunities for crime.
Your take on city finances: I fully support Proposition E, retention of the City of St. Louis’ 1% earnings tax. It is critically important that the Board of Aldermen manage tax abatements and tax increment financing (TIF) strategically and judiciously to ensure adequate funding of public schools.
Your take on the city’s COVID-19 response: I believe the City of St. Louis acted prudently and responsibly in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with the March, 2020, lockdown order and requiring masks inside public buildings. However, I do not believe the City’s COVID-19 compliance enforcement was/is adequate to protect the public from unnecessary infection risks.
Where do you place yourself on the political spectrum? – Progressive, moderate, conservative, liberal? Progressive