CITY OF AKRON WARD 1 COUNCIL. UNEXPIRED TERM TO END 12/31/23.The City Council is the governing body of the City, except as otherwise provided in the Charter, and enacts ordinances subject to the approval or veto of the Mayor. It orders elections, levies taxes, authorizes public improvements, approves contracts, and adopts traffic regulations.
As a life-long Ward 1 resident, I am intimately familiar with the worries of the people who live and work here because I have the same concerns. If you were to ask my closest friends to describe me, one resounding characteristic would be that I am reliable. ALL residents of Ward 1 can be assured that if they call me, I WILL call them back. I will listen to whatever is on their mind. I will take suggestions seriously, and I will take concerns back to the Council table to be heard, and addressed as best as possible. It is my intent to work along side other members of Council to find balanced resolutions to safer neighborhoods; affordable housing; and improved communication between residents and City leadership.
I will listen, learn and take action. For the past 27 plus years as a real estate landlord, I have worked closely with people from all walks of life. I have mended disagreements and dispelled controversy to create a pleasant living environment. This experience has prepared me to bring people together. I have developed many positive relationships...both professional and personal. The key ingredient in this recipe is that I treat everyone I live nearby and work alongside EXACTLY the same. I am open to hearing the ideas and thoughts of others, as well as willing to contribute my thoughts. My vision is focused on bringing the best of ideas together and working to implement them to make Ward 1 the most desirable area in Akron to call home.
From talking to folks in the neighborhoods of Ward 1, the number one concern that is expressed to me most often is the safety of the both residents and business owners. I would like to work with other members of City Council to ensure that business owners are able to safely return home to their families after work without encountering loiterers or solicitors; and that residents can comfortably walk between establishments or to and from home feeling secure in the area where they live.
I am an experienced member of City Council, with a track record of responsiveness to Ward 1 resident needs. I take a full-time approach to constituent services, and bring decades of experience as an attorney- for the United States, for the State Attorney General's Office, in private practice, and in University classrooms- to solving individual and community problems, and advocating for a safe, prosperous and equitable Akron. I was born in Akron, attended King School, raised my three children in Ward 1, and believe that Ward 1 needs and deserves a strong advocate with deep roots, and a proven commitment to serving its people.
I value my City Council colleagues, and their unique backgrounds , experiences, concerns and perspectives; and I believe that it is our collective ability to appreciate each others' differences- as well as our common ground- that produces the very best conditions for balanced, inclusive decision-making. I strive to actively listen to my colleagues, to gain clear understanding of their positions, and I believe I am a good communicator and collaborator. Perhaps most important to balanced, inclusive decision-making, I am a strong advocate for greater public engagement and consistent transparency in critical decision making processes. I believe we become a stronger City, when we provide adequate time and opportunity for that engagement.
Public Safety should be Akron City Council's top priority over the next few years, including continued violence prevention measures. As a City, we must continue to recognize that housing safety and stability, employment, healthcare and childcare access, addiction and mental health services- all play a role in public safety, and are part of the public safety "upstream" strategy for building a safer community.