Regis High School (NYC) 1988, Bachelors Degree from the United States Air Force Academy 1992, Masters Degree in Business Administration from Touro University International 2005.
Currently the founder of UMD International, a military defense consultant. Previously a defense contractor and an active duty Air Force officer who served both overseas and at USCENTCOM.
Former President of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg Sunset. Member of the St. Petersburg High School Advisory Committee and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Boy Scout adult leader._
Neither support nor oppose
In addition to economic incentives, we need to make serious investments in our public transportation system to address these issues. Making it easier to get to work, removing the need for a car, and connecting the different parts of our city and region would sustain economic growth and encouraging private investment in the kind of businesses that pay living wages.
We need to continue work on ending the wave of juvenile auto theft in Pinellas. I support increased after school and summer activities. These programs would also have a positive ripple effect in our neighborhoods and schools, cutting down other types of crime. We should also renew our focus on pedestrian safety by promoting complete streets and alternative transit methods.
We have the tools to address this problem - economic incentives, direct investment, rehabbing homes, and grants to community organizations. We could change zoning laws to maximize use of already busy corridors and increase density without compromising the character of our quiet neighborhoods.
The Complete Streets initiative is a great first step for St. Pete. I would ensure it includes all neighborhoods and mobility options, and seamlessly blends with our existing bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and PSTA service. Facilitating those connections will create jobs and increase market access, promote economic development, and increase prosperity in all our neighborhoods.
As a coastal city, we have everything on the line when storms hit. The City can take on larger projects such as sea wall renovation and stormwater routing through its new sustainability and resiliency division. I support our increased investment in water management utilizing stormwater revenue, and believe repair incentives to property owners are another important element to fixing the problem.
District 3 is especially vulnerable to sea level rise. We should be building infrastructure to protect against damage while limiting our environmental impact so we aren't contributing to the problem either. We also need to connect District 3, and all of our districts with a comprehensive, multi-modal, public transportation investment policy.
My first priority would be to fund renewable energy and resilient infrastructure. My second priority would be to reinforce our new campaign finance ordinance, ending legalized bribery and corruption which undermine our search for St. Pete-centered solutions to our transportation, housing, and climate challenges.
B.S. Aeronautical Science
Vice Chair, St. Petersburg City Council
Chair, Budget, Finance, and Taxation Committee
Chair, Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
Vice Chair, Public Services and Infrustructure Committee
Alternate Health, Energy, Resiliency and Sustainability Committee
Co-Sponsored Events Committee
Commissioner and former Chair of Planning and Community Preservation Commission
Board Member, Pinellas Economic Development Council
Chair Pier Task Force, St Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
Board Member, R'Club and Louise Graham Regeneration Center,
Vice Chair, Pier Task Force
Chair, Albert Whitted Task Force
Committee Chair Baseball Task Force
Neither support nor oppose
St. Petersburg needs to continue to work to be an attractive place to do business. We need to retain and recruit employers that provide high wage jobs to our City. The Chamber of Commerce and EDC have been a good start. We need to ensure that we have the workforce and infrastructure in place for businesses to grow or relocate to St. Petersburg.
Public safety is the first priority for government. I have been a strong advocate for the St. Petersburg Police Department and St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. My priorities include building the new police department headquarters and separate training center. We also have a new fire station in Fossil Park that was a significant accomplishment.
Funding needs to be a priority, especially with the Sadowski Trust funds and ensure that they are not swept like they have been in the past for other state budget issues. The city has approved using Penny for Pinellas funds for land acquisition and is currently doing a nexus study to determine if linkage fees would be a suitable funding source.
We need to work as a region to address transportation issues. The MPO’s are the logical organizations to work in this area. As our region continues to grow, so do our transportation challenges. We need to work with all levels of government, local, state, and federal to improve transportation options. We have to clear the way for new technologies to deal with the last mile of mass transit solutions
We must protect our beautiful city and its waterfront. Growing up in St. Petersburg means you are connected to the environment, it's personal, and you instinctively want to protect and preserve it. I have been leading on sewer issues, both on the capacity side and with needed repairs to our collection system. Most of the funding is paid by the utility fees, along with some Penny for Pinellas funds
The replacement of the 40th Avenue bridge is underway, I have been working on it since I was elected. I project will be completed in about a year. The second most important issue is the replacement of the Shore Acres Recreation Center. We expect construction to begin in 2020 and will take about a year and a half to complete.
1. Protect and preserve the quality of life
Starts with public safety.
Protect our environment
Focus on our neighborhoods.
Protect our parks.
Plant more trees.
Invest in our infrastructure
2. Increase Economic Opportunity
Continue to be an attractive place to do business.
Retain and recruit employers.
Enhance our workforce.
Work on affordable housing, schools, transportation issues.