Even after four terms in office, no one mistakes me for a “typical politician.” I’m known for being funny, outspoken, sometimes brash, and unconventional… also honest, hard-working, extremely knowledgeable, and very effective. I’m committed to listening and learning and working alongside the community to create a city everyone can be proud of.
From City Council
to the Mayor's Office
As a councilmember, I’ve spent years cultivating solid working relationships with staff in all city departments. I’m excited to improve customer service wherever we interface with the public. I’m well-acquainted with city operations and the city budget; I spent Super Bowl weekend on Zoom calls restructuring the Lansing Lugnuts contract renewal, saving taxpayers two million dollars in the process.
As a trained facilitator, I’ve worked with hundreds of neighbors and small business owners to find collaborative solutions that address community-identified needs. These experiences help shape my priorities on the council, and they will continue to influence my decisions as mayor.
My priorities are post-pandemic economic recovery for individuals and businesses, safe and affordable housing and paths to home-ownership, priority/outcome-based budgeting (which includes reigning in unfunded liabilities), reducing epidemic levels of gun violence, and using integrated technology to increase efficiencies and streamline information sharing among departments and the community.