MEDFORD NEEDS CHANGE
I'm a moderate conservative who's an independent thinker at heart. This is my first foray into politics (although I dipped my toe in the water by launching the Greenway Recovery Project in early 2021). I can't sit by and watch Medford change for the worse any more. I believe the big issues facing us are affecting the city's livability:
CRIME - We are seeing increased levels of drug use, trespass, vandalism, and property crimes
ILLEGAL HOMELESS CAMPS contribute to these crimes, as well as lead to blight, contamination of our water ways, public health issues (discarded used needles and drug paraphernalia), and a decrease in the use of public green spaces
LACK OF AVAILABLE HOUSING - Yes, we need more affordable housing but it is not the city's place to provide it. Rather, the city should be providing incentive for builders and investors to build more housing. The city is not a landlord.
BUSINESS HARDSHIPS CAUSED BY OVER-REGULATION AND LABOR SHORTAGES
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - The Almeda Fire revealed cracks in our emergency response protocols. With catastrophic fires becoming a regular event in the west, and the possibility of earthquake activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone becoming more likely with each passing year, emergency preparedness should be one of Medford's priorities. With more than 20 FEMA and Emergency Management certifications, I am well-suited to guide these efforts.
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We need civic leaders who will find common ground and solutions that are more than Band-Aids. We need common sense actions that are not just well thought out but effective.
No more career politicians. No more party politics. Let's work together to create a local government that's truly of the people, for the people.