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This page features my positions on issues relevant to our city. Scroll down to see each issue and feel free to let me know how you feel about it by clicking on the "contact" tab above.

Small Businesses & Alternative Transit

Raleigh's citizens have said they want scooter rentals, that we want revenue generating kiosks, that we want mobile retail, that we want food trucks, & that we want the vibrance, innovation, creativity, and fun of a thriving city... not a new regulation or ban at every meeting.

Supporting our First Responders

When you have a fire, you call the Fire Department. When you have an emergency, you call the Police. These people are here for you, but who is here for them? Not our council.

Short-Term Rentals (STRs) & AirBnB

Here is my stance on why we need STRs and ADUs. Lets present Raleigh as a welcoming place that shows a hospitable people that care about our visitors and helps add revenue to home owners and the city.

Housing Affordabilty & ADUs

How do we tackle the housing affordability? ADUs, micro homes, tiny apartments, modular housing, etc. Build up, not out and allow for new types of housing to exist. Challenge demand with MORE supply!

Bicyclist Protection

Bike riders are everywhere in Raleigh and the numbers of those who wish to reduce their use of cars is growing. Painted white lines aren't enough for our two wheeled friends. They need a bit of protection and a larger connected network.

No More Tax Raises

I will not support any new tax raises, with exception to infrastructure emergencies. Anything we cannot budget, will not be paid or endorsed. We are taxing everyone, college students to senior citizens, out of Raleigh. My first apartment in Raleigh was an 800 sq ft for $840, now it costs over $1,200. Taxes must go down while revenue goes up.

How do we increase revenue? Remove barriers that hold citizens and small businesses back from earning income and thriving. I will do this buy fully supporting STRs(AirBnB) with moderate regulation, removal of many food truck/mobile retail regulations, allowing and supporting multi family homes as well as additional dwelling units (ADUs), & many other options.

Veteran Outreach

As the only candidate running for council who is a Combat Veteran and has ties to the military, I understand the plight of the Veteran community. Many have gone on to lead successful lives, while others struggle with PTSD or have succumbed to the high rate of suicide of 22 a day. Templates exist from other municipalities on how to help our Veterans, I want that help in Raleigh too.

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