Without effective public safety nothing else matters. All residents in our city deserve to feel safe in their homes, our kids need to feel safe in their schools and our businesses need to feel that their employees and assets are secure. Additionally, our police officers and firefighters need to feel safe and supported while performing their jobs. I believe that community policing, where neighbors know and trust their officers, combined with data and technology needs to play a leading role in how we craft our future. If I am fortunate enough to be elected as your next mayor, I will continue working with our first responders to enlighten residents on all they do over and above job duties to improve our community, to provide transparency on the current safety trends happening in our city, the training and abilities of our public safety employees and potential challenges that may exist. We are fortunate to live in a community that is nationally named as one of the safest cities in the nation, and as we continue to grow, we need to ensure that designation continues.
As a lifelong Henderson resident, I know how important our school system is to our community. Never has that been more apparent than in the last year. The shutdown of our schools has and will continue to have serious consequences for our youth, our parents, and even our mental health professionals. Going forward, we will ensure that appropriate infrastructure and safety measures are in place so that schools can continue to operate throughout unforeseen events.
We need to recognize that school choice should be a right that every family enjoys. All parents should be trusted by their government to decide what the best educational setting and curriculum is for their child and what will create the best opportunities for their success.
Further, I believe it is imperative for us to examine partnerships between the business community and our Henderson schools, which is why I enthusiastically support the Community Education Advisory Board (CEAB) along with the marijuana and Redevelopment funds that provide millions of dollars in grants to Henderson public schools. Finally, I’m certainly not the first to advocate for it, and I won’t be the last, but I also believe Henderson should have its own school district, with the autonomy to make the decisions that suit us best. It’s time to modernize and not wait for more and more generations of kids to funnel through a system we all know needs changing.
All aspects of community planning play a role in building a better city. We need to continue efforts recruiting businesses that offer the highest and best use of our land and create the greatest job opportunities for our residents. A wider employment base and diversified economy will strengthen our city against the impacts of economic downturns and events like the pandemic. Smart growth of our economy, employment opportunities, residential offerings, technology, infrastructure and our natural resources are all necessary to maintain the outstanding quality of life found in Henderson. We need to be forward thinking and never settle for the status quo.
Transparency in our government is paramount. Despite the pandemic and associated closures and restrictions, I believe Henderson did an outstanding job of relaying information and updates to its constituents. Through expanded remote opportunities to view and participate in public meetings, to social media updates and zoom conferences with business owners on available assistance and current regulation requirements, much was learned about the many avenues in which to keep those living and working in Henderson informed. As we open back up for in-person operations, those options need to continue to allow for the greatest participation possible as important decisions are made for our city. Since being elected, I have consistently been available in person, by phone, email and messaging. I believe it is critically important for elected officials to actively respond to questions and concerns; and have done and will continue to do so throughout my service.