We Deserve a City Government That Works For Us, Not the Corporations
The following is a list of local, state and national issues that are near and dear to the people of Jacksonville.
Reduce Traffic Through Smarter Planning
No matter who you are or where you stand on any issue, no matter if you choose Coke over Pepsi, we can all agree on this: traffic sucks. Our roadways are consistently clogged making for dangerous commutes for many Northeast Floridians. It is also hurting our small businesses because simply getting around town has become frustrating at best and dangerous at worst. Our city leaders are now falling over themselves to attract major businesses here, however one thing they demand is viable public transportation. We can grow, but we must grow smartly. Many Northeast Florida leaders have recognized the need to expand upon our current commuter rail system so that we have other options besides driving. This will lessen traffic problems for those of us who choose to drive. With less drivers on the road less gas and oil will be used. This will ensure that our dependence on foreign oil will not grow and keep gas prices affordable for all Northeast Floridians. Investment in commuter rail and public transportation benefits us all.
Get Money Out Of our Politics
You deserve a city hall that is beholden to you the voters. For too long we have allowed money and special interests to dictate our city government. Let's put the people in charge for once!
Properly Support After School Programs
Our children deserve better from our city government. Our young men and women are forced to navigate through dangerous and forgotten streets. We can help curb crime through investing in our young people with properly run after school programs that puts the child first.
Law Enforcement and Protection
Our police and first responders represent the best of our community. However, they have been ignored by city leaders. As a result many of our most experienced professional civil servants move out of our city in search of higher paying positions in nearby towns. This can end with a police force that is better trained, better equipped and better supported.
Healthy Economy Through A Cleaner Environment
At both the state and federal level our access to clean and safe air quality is under assault. At this time it is imperative that the we here in Jacksonville take control of our future and enact policies which will ensure that we cause no further damage to our environment. These are common sense measures that will benefit us today and maintain our future.
First, we can use the buying power of the state and demand efficient air conditioners. This will reduce our carbon foot print and save us money in the long term and in the short term.
Second, commit the cit of Jacksonville to using electric and hybrid vehicles and phase out greenhouse emitting vehicles in a well-planned phased process.
Three, commit to developing more walk-friendly city. These would involve not just revitalizing our downtown area but also expanding walkable access to the Town Center and surrounding neighborhoods through pedestrian bridges. This could also help reduce our traffic congestion.
Equal Protection Under The Law
No one should be discriminated in any way on the basis of their religion, skin color or sexual identity, all of us deserve equal protection under the laws of our great state and country. It cannot be more simple than that.
Common Sense Gun Rights
Law abiding citizens should have access to legal weapons for sport and protection, we must find ways to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who want to do us harm. In Florida, a child is shot every 17 hours. These losses are all too preventable but only if we support our local police officers and get illegal firearms off our streets. Individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence should not have access to firearms. We should also close the gun show loophole which allows young children and criminals to obtain deadly weapons.
Most importantly we need to end the grip that the NRA has had on our community for an entire generation. As your state representative, I will be a proud recipient of an F rating from this special interest for refusing to allow them to write bills that thwart your will. What began in the thirties as a legitimate sportsmen’s organization has devolved into the fear-mongering arm of the establishment party machine. So much so, that all a local politician has to do is slap an NRA sticker on their website and never have to deal with the voting public again. The two heads of this lobbying group make well over a million dollars a year not because they protect people’s second amendment rights but because they turn us against one another and stop us from achieving common-sense, responsible gun ownership by lawful citizens.
Healthcare Drives Innovation and Productivity
No one, not the government nor our employers, has any right to restrict our access to basic health care needs. In the last few years Jacksonville has developed a robust healthcare industry and we should continue to support this and expand upon it where possible. One thing that we seem to forget is that healthcare is an infrastructure issue; a healthy citizenry is a productive citizenry. Access to quality healthcare will drive innovation. When we are not worried about our basic health and survival then we can realize our dream of going out on our own and opening up our own small or medium sized business. Safety and security through healthcare is vital to our continued success.
Freedom of Religion
Our freedom to practice our religion should not be informed in any way by the government. I look to God for strength and inspiration, not policy proposals. I am a firm believer in the separation of Church and state because I believe that our religious principles are far too sacred and far too profound to be sullied by our petty politics. The only role that government has in religion is to protect us from discrimination based on our sincerely held beliefs. Progressives are not anti-church... rather we are pro-church, pro-temple, pro-synagogue, pro-mosque. Personal religious expression is the hallmark of what truly makes America great. Anyone who does not recognize that should not hold office in our great state and our great country.