My leading principle across all city issues and priorities is to put residents' interests first. Residents deserve the best city services possible, and sound budget priorities, where fiscal responsibility and progress on critical challenges and long-standing issues can take place simultaneously.
Municipal Asset Management: Consistent maintenance and necessary improvements of municipal buildings, roads and sidewalks will be cost-effective over the long-term
Resident Access to Information: Municipal communications need to be more centralized for residents to have easy access to the city information they need, including social media communication.
Waste Management: Residents deserve more frequent recycling pick-ups and a cost-effective waste management plan. Simple measures, such as placing trash receptacles downtown and along Main Street to reduce litter will have a big impact.
Public Safety: Woburn paid over $50,000 for a consultant to conclude that our fire stations were crumbling and understaffed in 2013. In 2015 a new fire station was stated to be in its beginning stages. However, it was not until November of 2018 that a fire station committee was formed. Our firefighters should not have to fight for minimum staffing to keep us safe. Nor should they be forced to live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
Schools: Our schools face a number of challenges. One straight-forward example is the limited availability of art, music and library resources. Our elementary school libraries are mostly volunteer-run and if volunteers do not sign-up, it puts children at risk of not having library at all. Because our music teachers, art teachers, and librarians are working in multiple schools, staffing is stretched. Access to the arts, music and reading is proven to greatly grow students' love of learning and comparable communities offer these resources to their youth.