When I decided to run for City Council in the 2nd District, it was out of a desire to serve my community. I’ve been working in and for the community for more than a decade; working for several non-profit organizations, serving on committees aimed at improving our community, helping plan large-scale community events, volunteering my time to help further the mission of other non-profit organizations in Muncie, and supporting others doing the same. I’ve committed myself to the betterment of my hometown and to be a part of the solution to problems we face as a City. I do this for one reason…I love Muncie!
Muncie is more fortunate than most cities of its size in Indiana. We have a world class University and Hospital, a number of philanthropic foundations who support top-notch non-profit organizations serving tens of thousands of people, and a large group of people giving their time to make the community the best it can be. There’s a spirit of partnership among all of them to work together to achieve this goal, for all of us!
I believe our city’s government has stood in the way of much of this progress, and at times been counter to it. Make no mistake; I know the city has been and is a part of many of these partnerships to make our community better, but the lack of trust citizens have in local government has led to suspicion of motives and proven to be a roadblock to projects which should receive overwhelming support from our entire community. A lack of transparency, lack of accountability, a lack of ethical leadership, and a lack of communication between elected officials and the citizens of Muncie has created the mistrust which stand in the way of real progress.
I decided to run for City Council, in large part, because I recognize this problem and want to be a part of the solution. The number one priority of the next administration and City Council should be to start the long process of rebuilding the trust that’s been lost. This can be done in many ways including, but not limited to, complete transparency, a concerted effort to communicate with constituents on solutions and an invitation to those citizens to be a part of the conversation, accessibility of public servants to hear the concerns of their constituents, and detailed explanations of why certain decisions are made.
Most importantly, we need to set aside political differences and come together to act in the best interest of those we represent. The Republican and Democrat labels shouldn’t matter in decision making and we should work together to find solutions to issues facing Muncie. If elected, I will work with each member of council and whoever our next Mayor will be to move Muncie forward! As John F. Kennedy said, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.”. If elected, this will be my goal. I humbly ask for your support.