We all expect that our public safety personnel are well trained and have the needed equipment to help us in our most vulnerable time of need.
Schools are the heart of every community. The bright future of our city depends on public education to provide a capable work force and develop good citizenship. It affects everyone.
Changes in demographics and the economic challenges of the recession have been obstacles for the schools. Under new leadership and the guidance of a community-driven strategic plan, the schools have improved- consistently trending upward for the last 4 years. There is still much that is to be done, My priorities include:
I’m ready to get started.
Please help me in building a better Manassas!
As residents we expect our roads to be well maintained year round so we are able to safely travel around our city and to commute to our places of employment. This is an issue that involves our local elected to work hard and spend time talking with and planning solutions with other local leaders and advocating hard at the state level for the needed funding for those solutions. I have done this with school programs and will do so with transportation also. Asking VDOT to attend a meeting is not problem solving. We must dig in and look at short and long range planning in a multi jurisdictional way. Problem solving has to be collaborative with time taken to assist with problem solving ideas to be presented.
If we want a lower tax on our residents and businesses we have to have more businesses in our city that attract people to come to the city and spend money. I will advocate for any needed staffing so business opportunities in the city are put out there by our economic development department, as well as proper expedited permitting so business is supported so they can get started. As a city, we need to make sure adequate city services are offered to the business to help the business of any size be able to be sustainable, so there is less turnover in businesses. This plan can fill all the high commercial vacancies that we have here in the city.
Great schools will provide the needed workforce. People will feel safe in their neighborhoods because of great public safety services. This leads to a business-friendly environment that encourages businesses to locate here and provide services within the City of Manassas. With great vision and planning it will be a better Manassas for everyone!