Council Platform

 

Cedar Falls is a great place to live, and keeping it great requires initiative, fresh thinking, and a willingness to be bold. I bring unique perspective, bountiful energy, and careful leadership to Cedar Falls City Council. These are specific areas I'm working on...

  • Great streets - accommodating, safe, efficient, beautiful, vibrant streets
  • Super-efficient government
  • Government transparency
  • Inter-governmental cooperation
  • Sustainable operations and infrastructure investment
  • North Cedar renewal
  • College Hill vibrancy
  • Expanded recreation opportunities
  • Public-Private-Partnerships
  • Expand downtown and infill development
  • Foster entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Enhance UNI student/citizen experiences
  • Advocate for lower taxes - local property, state income, corporate income taxes
  • Champion for state legislative reform to restore Home Rule to Iowa cities

 

Effective & Efficient Government

  • Incorporate greater public input on major spending and capital projects
  • Seek net tax decrease through process improvement and spending prioritization
  • Leverage state, school, and University partnerships

 

Economic Development

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  • Expand industrial park assets
  • Promote quality job growth
  • Revitalize urban commercial core and promote downtown
  • Create an environment that fosters entrepreneurship, business attraction and expansion

 

Quality of Life

  • Support 'Complete Streets' and 'Smart Growth'
  • Advocate corridor and street improvements
  • Promote parks, recreation, trails, and river assets
  • Support cultural and educational programs

 

Key City Council Votes

  • Yes on Complete Streets
  • No on Hudson Annexation
  • Yes on Neighborhood Speed Calming
  • Yes on 2020 Visioning
  • No on SW Public Works Complex
  • Yes on Energy Efficiency
  • No on Employee Loans
  • Yes on Cedar Valley Alliance
  • Yes on Comprehensive Plan Update
  • No on Speed Traps
  • Yes on Hudson/1st Street
  • Yes on Pubs
  • No on Lock Boxes
  • Yes on North Cedar Confluence Plan
  • Yes on Efficient Government
  • Yes on Code Cleanse
  • Yes on Pet Freedom
  • Yes on Historic Preservation
  • Yes on Cooperative Government
  • Yes on Mixed-Use Development
  • Yes on Balanced Budget
  • Yes on Reducing City Debt
  • No on Dog Bans
  • Yes on Managing Benefit Costs
  • No on Expanded Alcohol Establishment Regulations
  • No on Dog Bans at Festivals
  • No to Added Housing Regulations (limiting cooperative development)
  • Yes on Long-term Financial Plan
  • No on Militarization of our Police Force
  • Yes to Part-time Mayor and City Manager Structure
  • Yes to Public-Private-Partnership for refuse management
  • Yes to modern management and the Council Scorecard
  • Yes to Sunday boating on the Cedar River
  • Yes to more public forum
  • No on multi-unit conversion bans
  • No on applying rental codes to homeowners
  • No on massive golf subsidies
  • Yes on metro cooperation
  • Yes on public art
  • Yes on city reorganization
  • Yes on Public Safety department
  • No on rental moratorium
  • Yes on sidewalk cafes
  • Yes on decriminalization
  • No on more rental regs
  • Yes on refuse collection efficiencies
  • Yes to recyling center enhancements
  • Yes on whitewater
  • Yes on University Avenue
  • No on naming obsessions
  • No on crazy nuisance ordinances
  • Yes on backyard freedom and urban chickens
  • No on local police for federal drug war
  • No on landscaping restrictions
  • Yes on upzoning supporting bold projects
  • Yes on accommodating, feasible parking strategies