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As your current city council member, I continue to work for policies and programs that support the community we all want to live in, one that’s:

inclusive –for all our ages, incomes, cultures, and races;

affordable –for a range of incomes, housing types and lifestyles; and

sustainable—for our climate, environment, and local economy.

What I'm hearing from ward 2 residents is that these issues still ring true for many of us.  

We’ve had the challenges of COVID-19 response and recovery, and now the opportunities of federal recovery (ARPA) funds to help our most vulnerable.  Recently the need for balancing city services, revenues, and budget has come into sharper focus, along with deep concern for policing and public safety.

These are not issues we solve in one vote, or one city council term. To move us forward, they require continuing attention over time. Together we’ve made progress, and I want to further this progress, now that the press of the pandemic is easing, and continue to implement our housing and economic strategic plan, climate action framework, COVID-19 recovery programs, and public safety reforms, and take steps to balance city services, budget and revenues.

My approach to representing you is to focus on practical, consensus-based solutions to ward and city issues. As your representative, I’ve learned to keep an open mind, to listen to all the voices in our diverse ward, to do my homework, and be ready to address the unexpected, as with COVID-19.  I encourage residents to reach out to me, and many of you do, whether it's a broad issue, sharing an opinion, or calling city attention to a particular problem.

I have also learned the importance of collaboration with our county council members, our state legislative delegation, and state officials, to resolve thorny issues that require multiple levels of government action.   

I serve on the city council’s state legislation subgroup. I represent our city to the National League of Cities advocacy committee for energy, environment & natural resources (current vice-chair), and serve on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay (former chair) and Climate & Energy Policy committees.


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