Focus on Wichita
As Wichita’s District 6 City Council member, I will emphasize public participation, collaborative problem solving and the effective use of taxpayer dollars, while promoting a spirit of openness and responsiveness to local government.
These values have served me well in previous professional and civic positions, and I look forward to applying these same principles to my work on the City Council.
Government exists to serve the people. That is why I am committed to ensuring that the work of the City Council is transparent. I believe in consensus building and the power of collaboration. As your City Council member, I will work to see the issues from multiple viewpoints. Residents of District 6 deserve a City Council member who gives their concerns full attention—and I will.
These are exciting times. While the Wichita economy has not completely recovered from the Great Recession, it is in better shape than it has been in some time. Now is the time to think big, create a vision for our great city and advance initiatives to build on the momentum. We must plan for the future and make smart, focused investments that will expand our local economy.
Through my business experience and years of civic involvement, I have come to understand that city government plays a crucial role in building a better life for our citizens. I am committed to enhancing the business environment, including working to attract and retain new businesses and increase new good-paying jobs—both of which bring in new tax dollars to the community and help keep tax rates flat. To do this, we must bring together all the players and partners in shaping these investments, including the Greater Wichita Partnership, Downtown Wichita, the Chambers of Commerce, the Workforce Alliance, Wichita State University and other local universities and colleges, small business, entrepreneurs, industry, and most importantly, the citizens of Wichita.
It is important, however, that we are good stewards of the resources belonging to Wichita taxpayers. When dealing with investments, I will demand accountability and results. To do less would be a betrayal of the trust that I seek from all of you.
Initiatives to expand our economic base and career opportunities include:
- Support the industry clusters identified in the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) to ensure innovation in the region
- Support the Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan to bring about national and global export trade
- Support programs that ensure talent and workforce development at the Wichita State University Innovation Campus, Wichita Area Technical College, and other regional colleges and universities
- Support programs that keep and attract large corporations
- Improve the ease of doing business for small businesses
- Support the efforts of regional entrepreneurs, including encouragement of the growing maker space community
- Collaborate with County elected officials to provide infrastructure for economic vitality of the region
District 6 is diverse: Its V-shape boundaries range from downtown and Old Town, in the heart of Wichita, all the way north to the city limits. It is home to some of the oldest and newest neighborhoods in the city, as well as a variety of cultural traditions and businesses of every size.
My experience working with neighborhood associations, the District 6 Advisory Board, Downtown Wichita, the Old Town Association and the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners has given me a true appreciation for the depth, scope and variety of issues that people in this district face.
Regardless of where you live, you deserve to have your voice heard.
The following activities help ensure safe and thriving neighborhoods:
- Advocate for neighborhoods on issues of concern to them
- Work with neighborhoods on solutions to their specific challenges
- Encourage affordability and diverse price points in housing
To attract and retain a highly qualified workforce—one that will keep our largest and highest paying companies in Wichita and draw new entrepreneurial and high-tech enterprises—we must provide the quality of life these employees and families demand. There must be increased opportunities for cultural arts, entertainment, recreation and more, or we stand to lose our best and brightest young professionals to other cities.
I support the vision for downtown—based on the input of engaged citizens—to create a more livable, sustainable community with quality of life second to none.
I will work on quality of life initiatives for all neighborhoods to ensure that Wichita is a place where people want to stay, move to and visit. These types of initiatives include:
- Foster private development in order to continue implementation of the Downtown Master Plan
- Support capital improvement projects for and maintenance of intentional, activated and well-maintained public spaces, such as parks and open spaces
- Continue implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan and the Pedestrian Master Plan to ensure development and maintenance of bicycling/walking trails and connectors
- Promote the arts and their importance to the vitality of Wichita
- Support inclusion of artists in working on solutions to specific challenges
- Develop plan for renovation / replacement / expansion of Century II
- Work closely with organizations to dynamically activate the Arkansas River corridor
- Encourage entertainment and recreation events such as live music, sports and festivals
- Ensure continued low traffic congestion
- Create an environment that appeals to diverse populations
- Instill community pride