As mayor, I haved worked to ensure that every resident of Maplewood knows they belong in our community and every visitor knows they are welcome here. Our community members are an important voice in the progress of our city.
My platform for re-election is to build on the accomplishments of my first term:
Under my leadership, the city created the Human Services Commission and the Maplewood Community Growth Foundation to meet the needs of all citizens, especially low- to moderate-income residents. I also created the Mayor's Elder Task Force, which offers two programs to help stabilize seniors in our community: the Real Property Tax Assessment Appeal Program and the Elder Resource Fair.
I strengthened municipal partnerships with the Maplewood Library and the MRH school district. I was the first mayor in the state to partner with the National Forum for Move With The Mayor.
With the City Council, I created a Tenant Bill of Rights and encouraged new ordinances from the Plan and Zoning Commission, including an Affordable Housing Set-Aside ordinance and an Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance. The council and I continue to work actively with the commission to support development of further housing affordability measures.
I led passage of an ordinance that mimics the CROWN (Create A Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act and created an ordinance to increase penalties for hate crimes committed in Maplewood. I initiated the city’s celebration of Pride Month and Transgender Day of Visibility.