District 4 is arguably the most diverse district in Peoria, expanding all different demographics, including race, religion, social-economic status, and more. I love going to the Casey’s in the morning and seeing many different people that live in this area, getting a slice of breakfast pizza, and catching up on the latest news with my guy, general manager Jeff. I pride myself on making connections and establishing relationships. You can’t be successful in this type of position without having effective listening, communication, and relationship-building skills. I check all of those boxes.
Like all districts in our city, District 4 has its opportunities for improvement. I remember the days of a robust Northwoods Mall that attracted shoppers from around the region. As stores continue to face adversity due to a mixture of the pandemic, but also the effect online shopping has had on the big box store culture it will be important to be forward-thinking about what can truly be done to foster the success of it. Peoria needs a successful Northwoods Mall. It anchors the shopping corridor of District 4.
Over the years, many new businesses have opened up in District 4 which is great. As someone who loves a half/half burrito bowl from Chipotle or an Italian Beef from Portillo’s, I’m very excited that this district is home to many great places to shop and eat. I want to make sure our business owners are heard and supported. They provide jobs and quality of life opportunities for our citizens.
It will be important to address our shrinking population, grow our tax base, diversify our revenue streams, continue improving our roads and beautifying our neighborhoods, and maintain healthy police, fire, and public works department. We need a bold strategy and innovation that focuses on the long term success of the city that provides relief for the current tax base.
As a homeowner with a young family, the high property taxes and a variety of fees aren’t ideal. I also understand that the city is in a crossroad and our current administration is doing the best it can to navigate these uncharted waters.
I will be a councilman who represents ALL of the constituents of this wonderful district. I have a three tier approach to be effective in this position: listen, assess,then act. I want to be sure this district continues to flourish and be a desirable location for both current and prospective residents to call home. District 4 truly can lead the way!
My platform will be centered around being District Focused, while maintaining City Wide Prospective. I will ensure the constituents of District 4 are heard and represented at City Hall. I will be collaborative with my prospective colleagues around the horseshoe, to make sure we make the best decisions possible in a manner that is improving our communities, maintaining basic services and making Peoria the best place it can be, to live, work, and play.
My Peoria Proud Platform will be based around the following 4 pillars:
● Neighborhoods and Infrastructure
● Business Development
● Public Safety
● Quality of Life