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Ocala City Council, District 4

City Council members serve terms of four (4) years. The council has the legal authority and responsibility to manage all regulations and powers of the city. Some actions of the council may be guided by the City Charter or associated laws. Elections are in odd-numbered years.(Vote for One)

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    Kristen M Dreyer
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  • Lori Martin Gregory
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Biographical Information

What experiences and skills qualify you for this position?

I support budgeting for community-based social services, so the police do not have to handle non-violent issues. (Select from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree)

Explain your answer.

I support the City offering incentives to bring supermarkets into underserved areas of Ocala. (Select from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 5 = Strongly Agree)

Explain your answer.

Explain what you would do to address the problem of homelessness in Ocala.

Describe the primary environmental issue the City faces and explain what you would do to address it.

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City of Residence Ocala
Education BA in Sociology from the University of Central Florida
Other Social Media Instagram Ocalawithkristen Instagram Kristen_Dreyer_Real_Estate
I am blessed to have lived a well-rounded life that has prepared me to be your next city councilperson. From serving as an Americorps Member in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando to working with at risk youth as the Supervisor of Clinical Services for Lifestream Behavioral Center. I bring a unique experience from the social services field to this position. Most recently, my career as a Real Estate Broker affords me first hand knowledge of our affordable housing crisis. I also understand the approval process for new development and entitlements, as well as the relationship of our first responder community to residential and commercial growth. I have lived in and served our local community over the past 18 years as a board member of Graceway Academy, on the Midtown Master Plan Steering Committee, as the co-chair of the Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board, as an executive board member for the non-profit Ocala Main Street, and on the East Ocala CRA board.
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As someone who worked in the mental health field for several years and had extensive training in adolescent outpatient treatment I can attest to the fact that, even though I worked in a controlled environment, a seemingly "normal" and uneventful situation can quickly become volatile and unsafe. I would not be in support of putting a civilian mental health professional in a position that could potentially be dangerous by expecting them to respond to call without the support of a sworn police officer. It has been suggested that not every mental health call requires a police officer. Because of what I have personally experienced in my mental health career, and because of what I know our OPD officers have experienced, as your next city councilperson, I would not be willing to risk a civilian mental health therapist's life. Until our police department is fully funded to address staffing and retainment issues, adding additional requirements to an already stretched thin budget is unwise.
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Just as our City offers incentives to all kinds of businesses in all areas of the city, I would expect the same treatment to any business wanting to open in an underserved area of Ocala.
Homelessness is a complex social issue than cannot be looked at as a one-size-fits-all issue. A 2019 a study by the Public Policy Institute of Marion County indicated the need to move to a housing first model with the goal of reducing homelessness in the county by 60% by 2024. The study not only addressed the criminalization of homelessness but also identified 8 key areas to addressing the needs of our homeless population. To date, to the credit of our community stakeholders, several of these recommendations have been accomplished. However, we still have a dire need for emergency temporary shelter that allows for a reduction in the barriers to obtaining emergency shelter. It’s time to move from the "services first model" and to bring the stakeholders back to the table to accomplish the goals as set forth by the Public Policy Institute, once and for all, both for the betterment of our community and for the safety and stability of our homeless population
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