Below are my stances on a number of important issues facing our county. If you would like to discuss these or any other topics further, please call or email me any time!
AMENITIES IN NE TALLAHASSEE
When I was elected to the Leon County Commission, I told you that I was committed to ensuring that our county invests in District 4 and that I would bring amenities to our area that had been sorely lacking. Since then, I have brought more than $41 million in projects to District 4. We have seen roads widened, sidewalks and streetlights built, new dining and shopping options opened, and countless jobs created through each of those projects.
I believe that economic development and growth are critical for the long-term success of our community and its residents. I am always seeking to grow our economy and create new jobs, particularly through my role on the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board.
Leon County is a great place to live and work, so recruiting businesses is important and fostering our existing small businesses is the key to our community's continuing success.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. Since January, I have worked diligently with County leaders to prepare our response. I began regular meetings with local health officials in February and acted in accordance with their guidance in March by opening our Emergency Operations Center, issuing a stay-at-home order, and opening our first walk-up testing site. I also led Blueprint in lending more than $1 million in grants to small businesses in Leon County.
I then led the County Commission in issuing a mask mandate county-wide and in Blueprint issuing another $1 million in grants to local non-profits negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Since then, additional free walk-up and mobile testing sites have opened throughout Leon County. We have also distributed more than 100,000 face masks to local businesses and residents.
Our work is far from over and I am committed to continuing to listen to and heed the guidance of community health officials to ensure Leon County residents remain safe and healthy.
In my time as your County Commissioner, I have led our county government to do more with less. Our County's budget is lower than it was when I was first elected, and we have been able to provide better services to our residents during that time. I have applied the practices I developed as a business owner to make our county's operations more efficient and better serve its residents.
I've spent many years working to correct the wrongs of the past on growth in our community. For too long, development in the northeast was allowed to happen sporadically and in an uncoordinated manner, and we are - to this day - playing catchup. Roads, stormwater, sewer, and sidewalks were all inadequate and it's only relatively recently that we have begun to remedy this.
Making sure we have the infrastructure in place and planning for new growth accordingly will ensure that the next generation of leaders isn't working from behind.
Welaunee will be only the third master planned development in Leon County (following Southwood and Canopy) and its long past time that we prepare for future growth rather than letting it happen to us.