As a city councilor, I have been honored to represent the citizens of Virginia over the past four years, and I am hoping to continue serving them once again for the next four. I was initially elected into this office in 2004 for my first four-year term and again in 2012 and 2016.
During this time, I am proud that I was part of a council that maintained needed services with reduced revenue and battled to win back LGA and funding for the shortfall of the Rukavina Bridge; increased not only fire/ambulance services through SAFER grant dollars, but also secured funding for a new public safety building for police and fire; saw the relocation of Seppi Brothers; and welcomed Joy Global (now Komatsu), Menards, and other businesses who made the Thunderbird Mall area their home. Band-aid efforts were being made to keep the Miners Memorial Building going and complete new construction is now in the early stages.
I hope to be part of the council that sees the completion of the Miners Memorial Building and the new public safety facility, improves infrastructure; and creates intentional plans for street repairs. We need to be a city that is more vigilant toward blighted areas. ln that effort, I would like to bring back city alley cleanups, which I believe would help reduce some of the blight.
I have enjoyed working toward trying to make our community the place where elders stay and families want to live and raise their children. Please help me to continue working for you with your vote on November 3.