It’s not just about the issues, but how we tackle each issue. I recognize that the City Council works as a body to move each challenge forward.
Like many of you, I wear a lot of different hats as a husband, father, homeowner, business owner, coach, and Pastor. I understand that supporting those who keep our communities safe is a top priority.
Public safety, public education and public health are all vital to our communities. Together we are facing challenges that require civility and collaboration to move things forward.
My Great Grandmother told me when I was young, “good manners and respect will always take you further than money.” She is the inspiration that continues to guide me everyday. I built our family business and my life in Virginia Beach around the principles she taught me, one of the most valuable is civility.
I believe civility leads with a respect and regard for others. Local government may be a place to fight for good ideas, but it is not a battleground, it is a place where we reach toward shared goals. Civility is a commitment and it is one I make to our families and to our city.
We often hear, “there is no I in TEAM, however, there is an I in WIN.” I learned you need a team to win and collaboration is the best way to make that happen.
Collaboration is not always easy or popular, in fact in a time of partisanship it is often the first casualty. We must renew and expand our city’s legacy of teamwork for our families and those who seek us out. I believe this, and I commit to it personally and politically. Collaboration will be my method on city council for the good of all the people of Virginia Beach.
These are the issues I want to address as a Virginia Beach City Councilman.
Small Business / Economic Development
Provide more resources for start-ups and entrepreneurs
Lower the tax burden on business owners
Identify resources and tools to assist business owners who want to expand their companies in the region
Create workshops for residents interested in starting a local business
Help existing job creators grow and expand in the city
Support for pre-school and after-school programming
Work with parents to identify additional resources to better aid their children
Support an extension of global academic programs for students
Advocate and support our teachers. Recognize them for their outstanding efforts
Work to create district-wide mentoring programs
Offer more apprenticeships and work force development programs
Work to support Police, Fire and EMT across the district
Advocate for increased funding to hire, train, and retain top talent for these departments
Create lines of communication for better collaboration
Address bay front concerns
Mental Health Reform
Support programs to identify and treat mental health concerns in public schools
Improve access and delivery of mental health services
Increase public awareness to help end the stigma surrounding mental health
Environment & Sustainability
Work on sand and beach replenishment projects
Support funding for both short-term strategies and long-term plans
Work with state and federal officials to address coastal flooding and sea level rise
Increase public knowledge of the flood mitigation plans and goals
Work with the community to preserve our historic trees and living shorelines