What do I plan to do as your Mayor?
I am an energetic, creative, results-oriented leader who will work with you for the best outcomes for Salem. We are a wonderfully diverse community and we need to work together instead of cancelling each other out.
What are my thoughts on larger Salem issues?
Salem is a desirable place to live and healthy development is inevitable and exciting. We have a treasure of beauty in our city both natural and architectural, and preserving it requires thoughtful development. Salem’s future depends on how well we manage our growth process.
We should be strengthening our coastal resiliency. Residential development on flood zones and in wetlands is a terrible idea.
Salem is a wonderful community and our schools should reflect our diversity and creativity. Unfortunately, our local education policies have not proven successful. Let's prioritize our kids, empower our teachers and invest in our facilities.
I support affordable housing initiatives for all Salem residents, longtime or new, such as an inclusionary development ordinance, limits on short-term rentals, tax incentives for owner-occupied rental units, abatements for home improvements, first-time homeowner programs.
Salem can actually be REALLY BIKEABLE! We have off-road bike path sections that have remained unfinished, leaving us with a patchwork of isolated segments. Let’s get them connected so that we have safe bike routes to schools, parks and surrounding communities for all ages.
We need to develop an effective yearly/seasonal maintenance plan for sidewalks, roads, parks, historic cemeteries and municipal buildings.
We must encourage and support the local businesses that serve our community beyond the seasonal tourist trade. These businesses are ESSENTIAL for Salem to remain a WALKABLE city.
We need to do a better job with public transportation.
If we focus on making Salem a great place to live,
it will also be a great place to visit.