POLICY- My five Wake County policy priorities below reflect knowledge and experience gained as a municipal leader, my education and work as an occupational therapist, my life raising a family in Wake County, and my childhood experience escaping poverty through public school opportunities.
BUDGET: My plan for the Wake County budget includes adequately investing in our future, which means we are not playing catch-up in the decades to come. We should set up Wake County for success.
- Fund appropriate capital projects to address the big needs within the County.
- Prioritize long term investments in areas that affect our future.
- Encourage a balanced budget and fiscal responsibility.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Public schools educate the future adults of our county, as well as adults seeking higher or continuing education. Our public schools are also a large economic driver for Wake County. It is our responsibility to collaborate with the Board of Education and Wake County Community College, fill funding gaps whenever possible, and work with entities outside of county government to ensure enough educators, support staff, opportunities, and resources are available for all levels of public education. A robust public school system is a benefit to all of us.
- Fully fund our public schools.
- Provide pre-K for all willing to participate.
- Invest in post high school education to better support our workforce.
HEALTH: Use the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment to form policy addressing the biggest health needs within Wake County, and tailor policies to each region based on the identified challenges. Health policy needs to reflect data driven solutions with input from community partners and nonprofits.
- Provide more support for mental health care.
- Expand and support access to health care in general.
- Address the social determinants of health reflected in the Community Health Needs Assessment.
HOUSING: Wake County has a shortage of low- and middle-income housing; we are losing many more affordable units than we are gaining. We must plan and provide for access to safe, affordable housing so that residents at lower income levels can live, work, and play in Wake.
- Collaborate with Triangle J Council of Governments and other community partners to provide data regarding missing low- and middle-income housing inventory.
- Create policy directly addressing needs throughout Wake County for affordable housing, including the impact of gentrification.
- Continue investing in direct solutions for the 25% of residents at or near poverty, including providing shelters and assistance with covering necessary home repairs
MOBILITY/TRANSIT: Wake County is huge in population and land mass, and many people do not work and live in the same place. Our roads are overcrowded and many residents do not have access to a car. We must continue developing affordable, alternative transit to not only ease congestion and pollution, but to also ensure that residents throughout Wake have reliable mobility.
- Provide more greenways for connection and mobility.
- Adequately invest in buses and bus stops throughout all of Wake County.
- Continue working toward commuter rail or other transit services within Wake and to nearby counties.