As an elected official, I listen to everyone in our community. It is important to me that everyone knows they are heard – not just a select sub section, not just those who think like I do, but everyone. Decision making involves reasonable conversation, with compromise when needed, to reach the best outcome for the whole community. I have demonstrated my commitment to that ideal at the government level as an elected official of the Manassas City School Board. I insist on data-driven decision making and reject decision making based in ideological goals. More effective, proactive and long-term solutions are discovered through good conversation amongst the community, local businesses and its elected leaders. Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. If elected to City Council I will help change the current trend of reactive decision making we have in our city, plan for strategic growth, build on diversity as a strength, and enhance inclusion.
Manassas has a very diverse community, but our citizens want the same things:
The goals or our citizens are what are required for a community to grow and prosper. Some city leaders have been obstructive toward the restoration of our city since the recession. Some leaders seem to put their own agenda before the citizens’. Some seem to represent only a part of the city. Surrounding jurisdictions have capitalized on the City’s lack of planning and vision. For instance, they give higher pay to their public servants and recruit from our staff, so that we pay for the training and experience, and they get the benefit. We must stem the high turnover rates in public safety.
Manassas deserves leaders who will lead a process to develop a strategic plan. That has been absent in the city for more than 10 years. Manassas deserves leaders who will set priorities with input from the citizens and exceptional staff. Manassas deserves leaders who will commit to priorities, once they are set. For too long we have been without clear priorities, and our city has been reacting to each new crisis that comes up as if they were never seen coming. We need to create a shared vision and a real plan for the future of Manassas. We need to get out of the crisis management business and into the business of leadership. Let the citizens be heard. Let a vision serve long-term needs. Let’s stop the politics and work to create a better future for all our citizens.
As part of the School Board over the last 6 years, I insisted on strategic plan development that involved everyone in our community. This provided my colleagues and me the community’s vision for the schools. This allowed us to set the necessary priorities. This led to great academic improvement in our schools. Osbourn is again in the top 16% of highest performing schools in Virginia. Weems is recognized nationally in the top 100 elementary schools.
If elected, I will bring the experience I have from the School Board, and I will insist that a real strategic plan be made. Building this plan will involve engaging input from a variety of citizens and stakeholders, so a real vision for our city ‘s future, along with the road map to get us there, will be formulated and executed. Then Manassas can be what every citizen and each business needs. I am dedicated to service. I have shown that I will listen to everyone. I will do the hard work needed to help Manassas be a destination of choice.