Good city leadership requires communication, collaboration, and commitment, all within a sense of community. Without a profound sense of community, efforts at communication and collaboration fracture into cliques, political alliances and apathy. If elected your Mayor, I will create a sense of community, communication, collaboration, and commitment.
The third pillar of my platform is Commitment. Many good ideas and plans fall victim to distraction, fatigue, and disagreement. What overcomes these typical failures is COMMITMENT. Commitment is the fuel that energizes us to overcome the hurdles to success. Commitment to full transparency through frequent communication and collaboration within our community is essential to success as your city's leader.
I believe mutually beneficial solutions are often better long term, and striving for a win for all is better than a victory for only one. When people experience being heard and understood, an atmosphere of trust, caring, and positive problem-solving arises in which remarkable solutions may emerge. If I am elected mayor, you can count on me to promote effective collaboration and communication to build an even better Homewood for tomorrow.
A recent Al.com news article reinforces my pledge of Open Communication as essential to good government and citizen involvement. City government deliberations must be in the public view with citizen participation, and they WILL BE in my administration. I believe in open communication, always.
Social media is full of discussions about the downtown rezoning plan, and I have been asked what I believe the future of the plan is. I’m very concerned about the fact that, back in December and January, our citizens who were deeply interested in that plan were divided into two camps.-- those in favor and those against the plan, as it stood at that point in time. I don’t see it that way. I believe that the new question is how do we start from where we are now, bring the two sides together, and guide development so that we secure a successful future for downtown Homewood.
I believe as Mayor it is my duty to provide a tool to enable residents to interact more easily and engage with the city. We need to be able to reach residents where they are, and I believe we can do this through a smartphone app. If elected, I will create an app with capabilities to submit a service request, upload a service photo, access community-wide events, view public meetings and notes and much more! Click the below button to see my vision for a community-wide city of Homewood smart app.
Traditional methods and approaches to communication between a City and its citizens and business owners are no longer adequate. And the timeframe in which communication takes place has sped up by light years in the last decade. Citizens are used to getting all the information they want on any given subject at the touch of a key or the swipe of a finger. City governments who don’t adapt to the needs of their citizens for quick and efficient communication will be criticized for being behind, or worse, accused of impropriety when information is not shared in a timely and proper fashion.
Since long before I announced my candidacy, I have been convinced that Homewood needs a City Manager. Interestingly, since my announcement, one of my opponents, Patrick McClusky, has said that he is in favor of having a City Manager, though it was not at all mentioned in his announcement in The Homewood Star on June 12th. My other opponent, the Mayor for the past 12 years, Scott McBrayer, doesn’t want a City Manager, per his comments on a mayoral forum on August 12th. We have also seen multiple City Council candidates come out in favor of a City Manager.
My opponents, incumbents Mayor McBrayer and councilman McClusky, have not won the battle against Human Trafficking in their many years of public service. “Human Trafficking,” which, as we know, is preying on the vulnerabilities of young women and teenage runaways who are placed in bondage. We need to move from issuing resolutions to fighting this menace with all the fiber of our being. The Mayor should be commended for his twenty years of public service. But isn’t it time for change?
The current administration and city council approved a controversial renovation project for 18th Street, running from 28th Avenue South to Valley Avenue. Whether you were for the project or against it, we all should expect that the City would execute the project in a competent and economical manner. It has not. That failure was on vivid display at the Finance Committee meeting on July 20, 2020. (You may see the video clip of this topic starting at 0:23:30 and ending at 0:37:44 at this link).
Oliver Goldsmith’s poetic words, “Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain,” have long described another Alabama town known for its quaintness and charm. With the recent Homewood Sidewalk Sale in mind, we could as easily say, “Sweet, Homewood, Loveliest Village of the Valley,” for our city nestled in Shades Valley below Red Mountain, is imbued with its unique quaintness and charm. Crowds flocked to that downtown event – not only from Homewood – but with an amazing number from nearby communities, such as Leeds and Tuscaloosa as well as from other states, (Chattanooga, TN and Houma, LA).
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