Salt Lake City does not have enough police officers to effectively patrol our community. I’ll work to increase the number of uniformed officers, triple the number of social workers and increase foot and bike patrol. We need to recruit and retain talented, veteran officers and modernize technology for quicker response time and better outcomes.
More cops does not mean less oversight. I’ll make sure District 7’s Police Civilian Review Board seats are filled and mandate implicit bias training. In addition, I’ll hold police leadership to the highest standards. The safety of our citizens demands we have the best officers and commanders in the state.
Police are essential for the proper function of government. They work in conjunction with every department in city government and provide a crucial link in a well-functioning society. I’ll work to expand services, improve outcomes, and explore alternative policing for the benefit of all Salt Lakers.
As a former small business owner, I know all too well the struggles facing self-employed citizens. There is nothing more exhilarating than investing in yourself and starting your own business. It’s a chance to bet on yourself, be your own boss, and build something for the future. Small businesses create meaningful jobs that invigorate local economies, keep more money at home, and support neighborhoods.
When we shop local, we support our neighbors. Purchases at local businesses means an average of $68 of every $100 remains in the community. Monies spent at non-local chains equates to only $43 staying in the district. District 7 is packed with wonderful local businesses, and the charm of our area comes from the services these businesses provide. It’s essential to support and promote our local economy and to encourage further growth of small businesses in our community.
Small business is the backbone of our economy and the driving force for employment throughout the city. We need to streamline the process for citizens to start a small business and provide guidance, loans, and services to help them thrive in our city. To make for a walkable community, we need to make sure folks have somewhere to walk to. I’m committed to supporting local business
You can’t have an artist community without artists able to afford to live in the neighborhood. For almost two decades, Salt Lake City has seen unprecedented growth. The secret is out—living in Utah is awesome—and we will continue to see more people moving to the Beehive State to take advantage of the economic and lifestyle opportunities.
With these growing pains, we’ll continue to see a lack of inventory for home buyers. Compounded by lack of building materials and space to build, future homeowners face an uphill battle to purchase an affordable home. The first step for affordable housing is increasing inventory throughout the city.
Take a stroll around Sugar House and you’ll see firsthand the numerous multi-unit structures in various phases of construction. Some of these buildings offer affordable housing—the majority are out of reach for most Salt Lakers. Your rent or mortgage payment shouldn’t eat your entire pay check. We need to make sure new construction includes affordable housing for younger people to get a foothold in the community. It’s how we preserve the spirit of Sugar House.
People are not homeless because of drugs, physical disabilities, or mental illness. People are homeless because they don’t have a place to live. While the causes of homelessness vary, the effects are long-lasting. Emotional and physical struggles of being homeless are damaging to the individual. The lack of stability, meal insecurity, victimization from violence, and being under represented makes being unhoused a nightmare.
While Sugar House has a small number of unhoused, Salt Lake City has too many people living on the streets. We have a responsibility as citizens to help reduce the number of homeless people in our communities. I firmly believe in Housing First. We need to get folks into safe shelters and into the system. But housing first without services is only a night inside. We need to have social services working in conjunction to provide food, clothing, health care, and employment training to end the cycle of homelessness.
However, chronic homelessness is a crisis for our open spaces. We need to enforce camping ordinances and make sure our parks are safe. I’ll work to make sure we have sufficient overflow shelters throughout the city, collaborate with county officials and other municipalities to take in the unsheltered, and issue vouchers for mothers and their children.
Homeless parents need safe place for their children. It would be incredibly difficult for parents to find work, go to work, or receive the treatment they need if their kids are not being look after. I propose SLC starts a pilot program to provide daycare vouchers to homeless children to help their parents get back on their feet.
Sugar House was established in 1853, making it one of the oldest communities west of the Mississippi River. For over 160 years, we’ve shaped and created a diverse and unique district that’s the soul of Salt Lake City. When elected to City Council, I’ll fight to keep the funky, esoteric, and cool vibe of Sugar House.
Public art beautifies the community. I’m a big proponent of permitted mural projects throughout the district. A number of incredibly talented artists live in Salt Lake City. Let’s grant them paint and wall space to celebrate the diversity of Sugar House. Murals drive business to the community, inspire conversation, and create a vibrant, fun neighborhood.
Joe Hill Memorial
“Don’t waste time mourning. Organize!” I support an official memorial to Joe Hill on the grounds of the old Sugar House Prison. Joe Hill was a labor organizer, songwriter, and member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World). He was wrongly convicted of killing two grocers and sentenced to death by firing squad. Hill’s trial made international news with President Wilson, Helen Keller, and the ambassador to Sweden interceding for clemency. None was had, and he died on November 19, 1915 yelling, “Fire! Go on and fire!” to his executioners.
Currently, a very small plaque commemorates the old prison on the northwest corner of Sugar House Park. It’s time to honor Joe Hill and the labor movement in the United States. I propose a monument to Hill be erected with both public and private funds on the spot where he was executed.
Open Spaces, Parks, and Trails
District 7 is home to the best parks in the entire city. Period. End of discussion. Fairmont and Sugar House Parks are incredible open spaces for families to gather, outdoor exercise, sports fields, skate parks, dog walking, volleyball and pickleball courts, fishing, and you name it. We have a moral responsibility to preserve, protect, and promote these wonderful parks to make sure Salt Lakers are able to enjoy them for years to come.
And if you’ve haven’t walked, jogged, or biked Parlay’s Trail and the S-Line, you owe it to yourself to explore this great east–west trail.
We need to protect our parks now more than ever. Large construction projects count on our open spaces as their backyards. We need to issue impact fees on new construction to make sure developers are paying their fair share.
You can’t run for public office in Salt Lake and not strive for cleaner air. Add it to the list of inevitabilities—like death and taxes. We know what we need to do for better air throughout the valley: drive less, use public transportation, avoid burning leaves and trash, purchase electric lawn mowers, check your tire pressure, improve your home’s energy efficiency, and plant more trees. We can make huge strides to improve air quality if we work together and make collective sacrifices.
We live in a valley. And until we reduce our carbon emissions, we’ll continue to have the some of the worst air quality in the world. Improving our air isn’t just for future generations, it helps those with respiratory issues, children, and the elderly today. I’ll work to make sure Salt Lake City does its part to improve our air quality by demanding stricter standards to our contract partners. I’ll increase awareness and work with all levels of government to reduce our yearly inversion.
Business of the City
The greatest responsibility of a city councilor is to make sure the city runs effectively, without gaps of service. This is the nuts and bolts of governing. We need to maintain high standards and support those who support the city: public employees, police officers, and firefighters. As a city councilor, I’ll invest in our civil servants and fight for increased wages, competitive benefits, and the resources they need to get the job done right.
And while I’m elected to represent District 7, I’m committed to serving all Salt Lakers. I’ll build partnerships throughout the city and be a champion for Utah’s capital. I’ll do my best to serve with honor and dignity, in a fashion that reflects our great community. I promise to do my very best and work daily to improve the life of all folks living in Salt Lake City.