Yakima is a beautiful place to live, but recently the violence has created a lot of fear in our community. We need strong leadership during these tough times to keep our neighborhoods safe. I believe that we need to invest in infrastructure here in District 2 so that our kids have safe parks and sidewalks. I live in here in District 2, if elected I promise to serve with ethics and honesty. I ask for your vote so that we can get to work on fixing our city.
My strategy to reducing crime includes working closely with our police department to bring a new culture to community policing. I believe that if our police officers walk or ride a bike around town they can get to know the people they are serving a lot better. It’s important to find avenues to support and prevent our young adults from joining gangs. I will work with local youth groups and organizations to find how we can help underfunded programs that are effective in our community. I will also work with other council members to allocate funding for a gang prevention program.
Finding a long-term solution to a homeless shelter is a tough issue, especially because it’s located so close to home here in our District. It is important for our community to come to a consensus on how we can reduce the amount of people living on the streets and how we can best serve our most vulnerable community members.
I believe that jobs and opportunities are very important. Creating jobs and bringing new businesses that will help grow our local economy is necessary. I will work tirelessly to make sure Yakima has a competitive business environment so we don’t continue losing jobs and businesses to neighboring cities. We need to create business incentives and encourage growth. I am a job creator and businessman I have learned how to work with local, state, and federal agencies and officials. We need someone with proven skills to lead our city in these tough times.