It Begins with Integrity
Integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, and even without a law to force good behavior.
I have lived my life bound by a moral code that requires honesty and integrity. As an engineer, lawyer, and community volunteer, I follow a strict code of ethics. I believe that we must not only avoid doing wrong, but must avoid even appearing to do wrong.
As a member of Council, my attention will be firmly fixed on serving the best interests of our community, and not on personal gain or self-promotion. And, you can rest assured that my vote will never be for sale.
MY POLICY PRIORITIES
In order to be the first-class city we want Cincinnati to be, we must work collaboratively to seek out and implement solutions that work for everyone. In my experience, City Hall has simply failed at this.
I know that more problems are solved, and often even avoided when all stakeholders have a place at the table. Throughout my career as a patent lawyer, I focused on gaining the trust of judges, clients, and adversaries alike to create solutions, rather than fomenting disputes. Precious little of that happens today. My commitment is to make collaboration the first order of business in dealing with any issue.
We must work together to rebuild our local economy so that it works for everyone. We must, without pause, lift the jobless and working poor into family-sustaining jobs.
We must support innovative educational approaches, apprenticeship opportunities, and job-training programs so that we will have a workforce of skilled labor, technologists, and professionals with the tools necessary to fill 21st Century Jobs.
We need to create, improve, and expand financial literacy programs. We must also encourage everyone to pursue training opportunities and career paths that fulfill their desires to be productive in order to meet the demands of our evolving economy. This will require a broad spectrum of learning and training opportunities such as technical, computer-oriented, and vocational training, as well as preparatory assistance for those interested in college.
To ensure that we have 21st Century Jobs we must:
- Keep employers we already have.
- Attract employers offering good-paying jobs and inclusive growth.
- Invest in infrastructure projects to create good-paying jobs and stimulate our economy, as well as generate tax revenue for our public schools. Improved infrastructure will also make it easier to connect employers and employees for successful, long-term relationships.
- Partner with Cincinnati high schools to help non-college-bound graduates find rewarding career paths and to help those wishing to go to college achieve that dream.
- Partner with regional colleges and universities to keep our best and brightest students in Cincinnati post-graduation.
We must support housing for all income levels. I believe that if you work in the City, you should be able to afford to live in the City. We must establish sources of revenue to responsibly fund the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
I will develop a clear-cut, equitable scoring system to ensure that the development makes our City better, and not just some people wealthier. We must also work with developers and residents to establish a blend of housing opportunities aimed at maintaining the diversity and character of our neighborhoods. At the same time, we must repurpose abandoned, vacant buildings into quality, diversified housing developments.
We need clear guidelines for property tax abatements that balance the need for development against the impact to the neighborhood and our tax base. Long-term abatements must have a clear public purpose. I would disallow 30-year tax abatements for luxury residential developments, discontinue automatic residential upgrade tax abatements, and support measures to restrict property tax giveaways that place an unfair burden on current taxpayers.
REDUCE CRIME AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY
I believe every one of our neighborhoods should be safe, clean, and vibrant. We must strengthen the Cincinnati Police Department’s Collaborative Agreement and expand community-based policing efforts. We must also ensure that our first responders (police, fire, EMS, etc) have the resources and equipment needed to keep residents and themselves safe and that they are properly trained to recognize unique issues that impact fair policing. And we must fund the Cincinnati Police Department in a smart, responsible way, with increased accountability and inclusion of community resources to shoulder matters outside the expertise of police officers.
By developing more jobs and housing opportunities, the cycle of poverty is disrupted and with it we reduce crime and change lives for the better. We should be open to new strategies to curb violent crime and end racial and class disparities in policing, prosecution, and sentencing. We must also facilitate successful re-entry into society of previously-incarcerated, non-violent offenders, in order to reduce recidivism and economic despair.
We need to rebuild our infrastructure, with new roads, bridges, sewers, and water systems while vastly expanding our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. I believe in science, facts, and data. With my engineering background, I can be counted on to make sure our infrastructure takes into account sustainability and environmentally conscious policies, including LEED Certification requirements, tree canopies, and multi-modal transportation systems.
TRUE COMMITMENT TO THE CITY
Council members should, at all times, be working for the public good. City Council is not the place for building empires or self-dealing. I am not running for personal gain. In fact, I have pledged to donate my Council paychecks to local charities that advance education, job training, and job creation right here at home.