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Transparency, accountability, and accessibility

Knowing what’s happening in Plymouth should be the right of every citizen, not a privilege of a few people with the right connections. If you’ve ever wondered how things work in local government but didn’t know where to find answers, things are about to change.

As a tax-paying citizen of Plymouth, you deserve to know how your money is being spent. You deserve to know what to expect when new projects are kicked off. And you most certainly deserve to know you can and should hold your elected officials accountable.

By offering clear and easy-to-understand communication channels, I will empower the people of Plymouth not only to hear what’s happening in the city but to have their voices heard.

I will implement regular listening sessions, coffee meetings, town halls, and more to ensure I hear from everyone. Not only that, but by using technology like a new website, video streaming, and other digital tools, I will ensure every person has access to public meetings, agendas and minutes, and plans for the future of our city.

I believe it is the duty of the mayor to be an advocate for the residents in Plymouth, and I will always have an open door policy for all.

Let’s get to work.

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Transparency & communication

  • Rebuild city website from the ground up and include resident, business, and visitor resources
  • Create city transparency portal with open data and document center
  • Convert all city forms, documents, and plans to digital, searchable format online
  • Livestream all public city meetings and archive videos for accountability and reference
  • List all past and current vendors and contract amounts on transparency portal
  • Publish and maintain website blog and podcast content related to city programs, projects, and initiatives
  • Establish city email newsletter and invite public to opt-in

Local Leadership

As a Cavalry Scout in the 101st Airborne Division in Baghdad, Iraq, I learned what true leadership means: self-sacrifice, commitment to the mission, and pushing forward until the mission is accomplished.

A leader asks questions and works to understand the challenges others face. As mayor, I will be accountable to all the citizens of Plymouth and will seek your input and ideas, involving our community members in the development of this city’s future.

A leader is proactive, and plans for both difficult and successful times. Instead of waiting for things to happen, and then reacting, a leader should proactively be in the trenches, working alongside others to move projects and initiatives forward.

This city deserves a mayor who isn’t afraid to address the most pressing issues our community faces, from homelessness and mental health, to job creation and reasonable tax policies.

The residents of Plymouth deserve a leader who will actively work to seek solutions and answers on their behalf. 

As the leader of Plymouth, I’ll do just that, making the needs of local families and small businesses a top priority.

 

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Local Leadership

  • Audit City of Plymouth employee handbook and make appropriate updates
  • Audit all city ordinances, removing irrelevant policies and updating as needed those that are relevant
  • Implement and protect policies and ordinances that support anti-discrimination, equality, and inclusion
  • Require implicit bias training for all city employees, from the mayor to part-time life guards
  • Create Council on Veteran’s Affairs to ensure our local veterans are engaged and supported
  • Create Plymouth City Council Youth Advisory Committee to involve and engage our local students
  • Host monthly coffee chats/listening sessions at local coffee shops and restaurants
  • Host quarterly town halls to update public on local projects, initiatives, and programs

Families, housing, and health and safety

Our families and residents in Plymouth are truly what make our community exceptional. The wisdom and experience of the older generations inspires and encourages our local youth and shows what can be accomplished with hard work and commitment.

With a diverse mix of local families, we have an incredibly vibrant culture right here in our city. A blend of heritages, cultures, and histories that make Plymouth unique and exciting. 

As mayor, I will embrace and promote all the unique elements that make Plymouth special, from cultural holidays to community celebrations, and historical events to family activities.

I will work hard to ensure all our residents are heard and cared for. I believe it is vital we care for one another, and especially our children and those most vulnerable, taking steps to provide access to resources and support that ensure safety and a healthy lifestyle.

 

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Families and Housing

  • Offer free childcare at all public city meetings to enable families to engage with their local government
  • Create city ID card program for local residents
  • Actively support the On My Way Pre-K early childhood education program
  • Develop partnerships with local childcare providers to expand and provide low-cost, quality childcare to working families
  • Create Hispanic & Latinx Liaison position to ensure all our families have access and representation at the highest level of city government
  • Create citizen/city stakeholder committee to address advise, prioritize, and plan to rebuild, replace, or remove blighted properties
  • Audit, update, and actively enforce city building and zoning codes and ordinances
  • Host rental property-owner roundtable discussions to promote beneficial and equitable rental standards
  • Create low interest home-loan program to attract and retain quality teachers and first responders
  • Create owner-occupied home improvement grant program
  • Enforce applicable codes to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding the motels on the north side of Plymouth
  • Create quality, affordable housing development strategy for west side of Plymouth
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Public Safety

  • Full audit of technology and equipment in emergency services departments
  • Ensure police and fire departments are fully staffed and regularly trained on diversity, inclusivity, bias, and cultural sensitivities
  • Develop emergency management plan in partnership with local and regional emergency agencies and perform annual audits and dry runs to identify potential issues
  • Engage local organizations and agencies to develop a realistic plan to pull Plymouth out of the drug epidemic
  • Create Safe Pathways to School program to ensure our children are safe and protected

 

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Health & Wellbeing

  • Partner with mental healthcare providers to offer support to police and fire department personnel and city employees
  • Create collaborative task force made up of residents, agencies, and community organizations to address homelessness and poverty in Plymouth
  • Prioritize and expedite the completion of the Plymouth Greenways Trail project
  • Prioritize and expedite the completion of the Complete Streets program to make Plymouth more walkable and bikeable
  • Maintain and improve existing city parks
  • Create pocket parks in neighborhoods
  • Promote Plymouth Wellness Bucks program
  • Develop river walk and embankment parks along Yellow River in downtown Plymouth

Economic Development, City Infrastructure, and the local environment

When Plymouth’s small businesses succeed, we all benefit. Every day, businesses in this community create products and provide services that enhance and enrich our lives. At the same time, they employ people who rely on these jobs to provide for their families.

Instead of working diligently to help grow local small businesses, the current administration has passed over and ignored our small businesses by shipping local tax dollars to businesses in other cities and states.

We need to attract and retain dynamic small businesses and startups to become competitive in today’s fast-moving economy. These companies are the lifeblood of our community and are vital to the growth and well-being of our families.

As a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges an owner, their employees, and their families can face. As mayor, I will work closely with our local small businesses, ensuring their voices are heard, and that they have the opportunity to grow to their full potential.

By partnering with local organizations, I will work to make Plymouth a highly attractive and competitive city to start a new business or relocate a growing business.

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Economic Development

  • Create official position to work directly with small businesses with less than 20 employees to focus on growth and development programs in Plymouth
  • Assist in launching small business startup incubator focused on technology and automation
  • Partner with Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises to  certify, support, and promote minority and women-owned small businesses seeking to do business with the city of Plymouth
  • Partner with local schools to develop skills training and certification programs with local employers
  • Strengthen partnerships with organizations like Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation, Discover Plymouth, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, and others to continue developing business sites and opportunities in Plymouth
  • Maintain inventory of vacant sites and buildings to promote to small businesses, manufacturers, and startups
  • Promote business development opportunities at Plymouth Municipal Airport
  • Contribute to and promote the Plymouth Economic Development Corporation low-interest small business loan program to offer more funds to more small businesses
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Streets, Sidewalks, and Technology

  • Audit all city streets for emergency services access and general safety and prioritize the resolution of any issues
  • Update downtown parking lots
  • Complete city gateways to welcome visitors and residents
  • Create online portal for reporting and tracking issues such as sidewalks, streets, signage, and more
  • Invest in energy efficient lighting for city streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and parks
  • Utilize technology to monitor city infrastructure and become more efficient and effective

 

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Our local environment

  • Implement brownfield remediation program and create shovel-ready sites for development
  • Create plan to transition all city fleet vehicles to electric, hybrid, and low emissions within four years
  • Work with local agencies to protect the Yellow River and its flora and fauna
  • Research and develop solar energy plan for the city of Plymouth 
  • Collaborate with Marshall County Soil and Water organization to place locally native plants throughout city coridoors and gateways

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