I'm the proud dad of Adrienne, Elizabeth, and Whitney. As a small business owner and single dad to these 3 amazing and accomplished high school students, I know the future of Virginia Beach needs an advocate not an agitator.
The job of City Council is to do the job so our children can grow up and have one here.
I am personally and humbly asking for your support and your vote. Together, we can fulfill the broken promises, address flooding, complete our roads, and turn the focus away from donors and special interests to our taxpayers and our communities. I believe your interest is special enough.
If you want to support my efforts to affect real change, please donate to help get me elected. We need change on City Council to get things done. If you are tired of the broken promises and the do nothing attitude on City Council, please consider donating.
You need a representative that will support your ideas, fight for the needs of your community and earn your respect. For someone who truly cares for your community, look no further.
Small businesses make a big difference in our economy. Some how that difference is not valued when engaging with several city departments regarding simple procedures. That's why I want to facilitate more organized discussions between our business associations such as Sandbridge Business Association, Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads, Black Brand, Central Business District Association and others and our City Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue and Economic Development. I believe communication is key to unlocking and streamlining services, information, and resources.
That is why I want to work directly with the Virginia Beach Minority Business Council and Virginia's Minority Business Commission to establish the first SWaM center in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads. We have a diversifying business community and I'm proud to work hard for it.
I remember living in the Windsor Woods area when Hurricane Matthew came through. Walking out the front door and into standing water was just inches from my home, I looked down Old Post Road to see my neighbors’ homes all flooded. As the water receded, I remember the morning that all those VB Works dump trucks and trash pickup vehicles lined Old Forge Road. It was heartbreaking as I saw everyone dealing with the devastation. That was the result of mismanagement by our city council then. There are a lot of the same faces on the council, and it is time that we change that. You fix it by acknowledging that City Council has not demonstrated any real interest in fixing it. I will demonstrate the same collaborative and supportive spirit to addressing flooding, that our current council gives to their donors with the golden keys. The problem is they are distracted and deliberately so.
If you are not aware of all the amazing things the employees of our city do, then they are doing their job. We count on them for so many services. It is time that they counted on City Council to do the right thing. That is why I strongly support the UE 111 city employee union calling for collective bargaining. It is time that our city employees are paid enough to live in our city. They should not be traveling to other cities in the area and working here.
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