If there is one thing I hope to change through this campaign, it’s the overall attitude towards government, especially at the local level.
How many times have you heard someone say, “My vote doesn’t matter. Politics are a rich man’s game.”? If you’ve spent time following any election, I’d guess you’ve heard thoughts like that on several occasions.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
With today’s technology, it has never been easier for community members to see what is happening in their neighborhood and engage the areas which they find most important!
The City of Bradenton has seen tremendous growth over the last few decades and it’s more important than ever for it’s citizens to be involved. When another decade has passed, let’s look back at all that we have accomplished – TOGETHER.
No elected official, regardless of age, who has spent over a decade working in government will be current on available technologies and current trends.
We live in a data driven society. If we want to attract entrepreneurs and investors to Bradenton, we need to make it easy for them to find useful data online. We need to bring real career opportunities to our city, not just service industry jobs. The housing market is rising and we don’t have the job market to keep up.
The city of Bradenton has fallen far behind in available technology to drive an economy. My career as a database administrator makes me the perfect candidate to implement this technology in our city.
We keep hearing that the traffic is really a burden the county is facing, but the city has to solve it. City council’s responsibility is to city residents, not the county. No city council member should approve or move forward on an traffic solution that will harm the people living in city limits.
The flyover and new bridge options would all be harmful to our city, it’s residents and our economy.
The city needs to utilize current technologies to engage it citizens, including an updated website, social media pages and a monthly newsletter that goes out with resident’s utility bills.
We need host meetings at times when the people of Bradenton are able to attend and publish realistic agendas with time slots for discussion points. Community members shouldn’t have to sacrifice an entire workday just to attend a council meeting. The city should make it as easy as possible for our people to make their voices heard.
It would be impossible for any single person to know every issue facing an entire city. That’s why engagement is so important. You know your street better than everyone else. Now we need a city council that is humble to listen to is community members, not pretend like they have all the answers.