I have lived in Knoxville for the last 15 years, and I can't imagine living anywhere else. My wife and I live in Cumberland Estates with our 2 rescue pups.
Neighborhoods are the heart and soul of any city. Without strong neighborhoods, it is difficult for any City to reach its full potential. With Knoxville’s declining inventory of affordable housing, it is paramount that there are more affordable housing options in Knoxville. These developments are vital to the continuing growth of our wonderful city.
Commercial and industrial growth is also very important to the future of Knoxville. This expansion must be done in a responsible manner, which will help to ensure that this growth is sustainable, beneficial to the area of the city the developments are in, and beneficial to the city as a whole.
Expanding and continuing to link the green way systems in Knoxville will help to make Knoxville a more walkable and bike friendly city. It will also provide citizens more options to commute to work, travel to local businesses, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Knoxville has to offer. This expansion has contributed to Knoxville becoming an outdoor enthusiast's destination.
One of the foremost responsibilities of a Council Person is to make sure that the taxpayer’s money is managed responsibly. Tax rates are not something to be taken lightly, as they affect every tax paying citizen in this City. I promise responsible stewardship of the budget and tax rates for every Knoxvillian.
Improvement or replacement of the aging Knoxville Civic Coliseum and Auditorium. This facility is in dire need of repair, and a fiscally responsible solution must be found in the very near future. If a solution is not found Knoxville risks losing its professional sports franchise, numerous concerts, and many other events that bring in a steady revenue stream.
The opioid epidemic is hitting my district harder than others, and simply must be addressed. City Council is limited in the actions available to it to counter this epidemic; however, Council can ensure that our first responders are funded and trained to respond to crisis calls, set aside funding for education, support public private partnerships to provide appropriate treatment, and ask the Tennessee legislature to use its much more expansive authority to reform and pass new legislation to address this public health crisis
I have been a neighborhood watch Block Co-Captain for over 10 years. Our watch has a wonderful relationship with the Knoxville Police Department, and this has resulted in our neighborhood being able to keep crime rates low. Helping to organize and strengthen my neighborhood has definitely helped to inspire me to run for City Council.
I was appointed by then Councilman Steve Hall to the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) and proudly served for over 7 years. Through numerous meetings and consultations, the NAC was responsible for then Mayor Bill Haslam establishing the Office of Neighborhoods for the City of Knoxville. This office helps establish new neighborhood organizations, strengthen existing neighborhood organizations, and host the biannual Neighborhoods Conference.
I currently serve on the Knoxville City Golf Course Advisory Committee, appointed by current Councilwoman, Brenda Palmer.
I am the Knox County Angel Tree Coordinator for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory/UT-Battelle. I am responsible for delivering gifts to children in need every year, and ensuring that they have a wonderful Christmas. I have been involved with this program for over 10 years, and it is one of the most meaningful things I do every year.
Following the Gatlinburg wildfires, I made numerous trips to Sevier County, including 3 search and rescue missions to support the Sevier County Humane Society in the recovery efforts of the aftermath of the wildfires. This experience was one of the most personally rewarding of my life. The tangible results produced by the strength of community there, served to remind me of the power of the volunteer spirit and how much can be accomplished when neighbors help neighbors. As your Knoxville neighbor and councilman, I will endeavor to foster this strength of community in the city my wife and I have chosen to call home. I respectfully ask for your vote and support in the Knoxville City Council Election.
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