Transportation and Mobility
Traffic and transportation are determinant factors in quality of life. According to the to the US Census Bureu, our area is the 3rd worst in commuting times in the nation. My mission is to innovate and diversify transportation options and enhance the experience of walking, bike riding and using public transit to reduce traffic and commute times, consistently with my vision of reducing carbon emissions and our reliance on fossil fuels.
Fairfax County’s population is larger than that of eight individual states. This means that we have a strong impact on climate change and have a duty to reverse its effects as well as to protect our air, water and soil for the future of our children. We must tackle environmental challenges by taking aggressive action to curb carbon gas emissions, reduce the use of plastics and support the use of renewable energy beyond county buildings. Together we can take a big step towards a more sustainable world.
As one of the most diverse areas in the nation, Fairfax must be committed to diversity and to being the place where all individuals feel well served. From the Board of Supervisors, I will evaluate every issue from a perspective of equity and inclusion to make decisions that offer all residents equal opportunities, in support of One Fairfax for all.
Early care is extremely important for the future success of every student. We need to improve the availability and affordability of child care for families and support the needs of Fairfax County Public Schools at every level to ensure that every one of our children receive a world-class education. We must pay our teachers fairly and improve our facilities to solve the inadequacy of makeshift trailer classrooms.
The senior population in Fairfax County is projected to grow significantly in the next decade. Providence alone is home to about 40,000 adults ages 60 and more. We will work to improve affordable options for continued care in our area to offer seniors viable alternatives to age in place.
Jobs and Economic growth
Fairfax County is funded mainly by property taxes and the revenue we receive from businesses established here. However, many businesses I have spoken with complain of the many hurdles they endure in order to open for and maintain in business. It is in our benefit to double our support for entrepreneurship and small businesses in our district by using technology to facilitate and expedite processes related to their establishment and growth.
Housing and Development
Parks Availability and variety of housing options support the wide spectrum of economic activity in Providence and are vital to achieve an equitable society. I recognize this as a priority from working at high-level organizations of large businesses as well as working with victims of Domestic Violence in Fairfax County. The county must find creative solutions including federal, state and local funding and strengthening public-private and non-profit partnerships to increse supply and quality of affordable housing.
Parks & Libraries
The character and culture of our county is measured by our residents’ access places to learn and find leisure. I am committed to preserving our parks and enhancing the density of our native tree canopy. Likewise, I am committed to supporting our libraries as a source of learning for all demographics and a hub for information on social services, workspace for telecommuters, and internet and computer access for all.