GIVE YOU A RECEIPT WHEN YOU PAY YOUR TAXES
We’re paying more and more in taxes without seeing real results through better schools or safer streets. Today, it's impossible to understand where or for what our money is being spent. As mayor, I’ll make it clear how the city is spending your tax dollars to make it easier for you to speak up about where you want your tax dollars to go. A more transparent budget will also help us rid New Bedford of backdoor deals and earn back your trust. The bottom line: All funds from taxed sources should be traceable and you should have a receipt to show for it.
INCLUDE YOUTH VOICES IN DECISIONS
I’ve built businesses and run non-profits. I've worked with & mentored kids from pre-k through high school, taught continuing education to young adults in college. I mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, and I serve on boards and committees across a myriad of industries. I‘m certain that our best ideas and energy come from our youth. As mayor, I will institute a Mayor’s Youth Council to advise and inform policy, especially those that affect them most and create an educational pipeline for how to run for office (open to the public). We need leadership that takes young people seriously. Their ideas, hopes, aspirations, and fears. New Bedford’s youth are uniquely positioned to help save our schools, create more job opportunities and improve access to city resources. New Bedford belongs to the young people who will inherit it, not to us. They’re our future and the key to our greatest successes.
END NEW BEDFORD'S POLITICAL CRONYISM
Turnover in the mayor’s office allows new leadership to bring fresh ideas to the table. New Bedford’s next mayor should be elected on the quality of their positions, not their incumbent status or name recognition. Eventually, as the city grows I believe exploring term limits, even for mayor should be a part of the conversation to ensure maximum effectiveness with time allotted.