Gainful employment for our citizens. The historic pandemic, COVID-19, has changed the focus from not only to eliminate /neutralize the virus but also getting the economy back on track. The City has done well in managing the budget and effectively rendering essential services. We need to help businesses get back on their feet, so the employees get real wages and not government subsidies. Overall, the Federal Government cannot sustain this. I would use my experiences gained from various government departments and institutions to cut through the red tape and help small businesses in that mission.
In the area of public safety, we have many challenges. Given the current fluid situation our First Responders (police, fire, emergency medical services) are performing admirably. We need to maintain that trust and care for each other in this beloved City. The City Commission wisely eliminated some ineffective advisory boards. I would like to see a Public Safety Advisory Committee appointed to create a bridge with the community, giving our residents a voice..
We must provide flexible and affordable education to our children. They are the future leaders and they must be prepared for it. The city-run Charter school addresses this to a degree, but I feel we also need to be concerned about all schools in Kissimmee. When someone is thinking about buying a house, one of the first questions they ask is: “How are the schools?” Schools influence zoning, traffic, property values, and so much more. City Commissioners can play a pivotal role in influencing education in Kissimmee.
For a solid Infrastructure we must upgrade and improve some of our roads and work with the County Commission to ensure convenient public transportation is available. I will promote knowledge of all resources available to citizens.
In the area of balancing growth and quality of life, about 19 % of the property in our CRA zone is vacant land. We must encourage development of these lands to benefit residents and businesses.