If you landed on this website, you know I am running to continue to serve as your council member.
Hopefully you have also learned a bit about me, who I am, and what I stand for. And, as importantly, who I stand with, including my friend and colleague, Council Member Mary Moss, and other members of our black and brown communities.
Over the past year our communities have been rocked to its core—first with COVID-related struggles and losses for many of our businesses and families and now with heated racial tensions brought to the boiling point after the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, as well as our own recent officer-involved deaths in Tacoma and Lakewood.
While we recognize that institutional racism exists in our society, we also must acknowledge that we, collectively, have the power to make necessary, peaceful, and lasting change. However, to be united, we must now act united, and treat each other with greater love and respect. We are a nation of laws and our law makers and law enforcers must do better to instill trust and confidence that the laws, created by the people and for the people, are uniformly and fairly enforced.
I am proud that Lakewood recently adopted a statement on equity, committing ourselves to the deliberate practice of inclusion.
Because Lakewood is a community rich in diversity, this council is committed to ensuring a priority of policy in the planning for and delivery of municipal services to our residents.