The 2020 General Election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Early voting starts October 13, 2020 and runs until October 30, 2020.
The Ward 3 Gainesville City Council seat was originally set for the May 2, 2020 Uniform Election. However, due to the Coronavirus that election was delayed until November 2020.
As your city councilman I work for you. All 1,750 plus voters in ward 3 are my bosses. You are all part of my Citizen’s Advisory Board. You will have my cell phone number, my email address, and we will have regular town hall meetings to discuss and collaborate on city business. This is your town, how can I serve you and make it better for the next generation.
I support only passing the no-new-revenue rate for property taxes. This rate collects the same overall revenue from properties taxed the previous year, keeping tax bills stable in the aggregate. I would also seek to lower the rate each year. As Gainesville grows and new properties are added to the tax rolls we can raise the same amount of money as the year before without taxing citizens out of their homes.
I want to see us develop a plan within the cities five year strategic plan to update roadways and city water lines. This can best be achieved by gridding out the city or using existing city council maps to focus on those areas for a single year, with exceptions for emergencies. The city has a responsibility to provide a strong technology infrastructure and we must either push Suddenlink to make improvements or get new companies to bring more competition for internet, cable, and phone service to the community.
Support Local Small Business
We must leverage the Qualified Opportunity Zones in Gainesville to grow the small business community. We must also reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses and reform and update zoning ordinances to provide businesses the opportunity to grow when, where, and how they want.
New efforts must be undertaken to increase affordable housing options in Gainesville. This includes encourageing investment in old buildings, repurposing outdated buildings, and pilotting new methods for using public housing funds to support residents that want to own their own home.
If you have any comments please do not hesitate to contact me. I personally read all of my email and will respond to you within 24 hours.