I am aware of the city's current financial situation. To be honest, at this time I have not reviewed the city's financial records. I do believe with the help of God, city and county officials working together, and citizen input, we can come up with innovative ideas to improve our budgets and respond immediately to any and all discrepancies when identified. At this time, I would suggest looking at overtime hours, city code enforcement, and making sure that the tax money is used, so that citizens can see results. I believe that we can clean up our city, reduce the crime rate, improve schools, and train the unemployed to become skilled workers.
In order to reduce crime, it's going to take the citizens getting more involved, a better relationship between the police and the citizens, and enforcing laws that govern the city and county. Maintaining trust, honesty, and integrity.
I understand that as a city council representative, I represent the people who elected me, and I am obligated to help make decisions that are in the best interest of all the people. To value the ideas and concerns that the citizens may have, bring them to the board, and find the right answer or solution for them. To attend meetings and be a voice for the citizens of Blytheville, especially those in my ward. As a council member, I will read all agenda packages, which include municipal staff reports on city projects, ordinance proposals, and zoning and land use issues.
My goal, when elected, will be growth and development: improvement in our city government, schools, streets, and for all of us to take pride in our city and talk about the good things that are here, and to find ways to improve or eliminate the negative things. In order to create a positive future for the citizens, we need to regain trust in our city leaders, provide opportunities for small businesses to succeed, create more jobs and recreational activities for youth and families, and encourage existing businesses to take surveys to determine the needs of citizens, in order to keep money here instead of going out of town.