July 6, 2022
Big news -- I just officially filed for re-election! I am so grateful for the overwhelming support I've received so far.
The past few years have been challenging, but I am proud of what we have accomplished in a short amount of time. Here is a short list of what we've been able to achieve together since 2019:
Made historic investments in affordable housing. Our historic affordable housing bond is paving the way for thousands of new affordable units, and we are investing in protecting naturally occurring affordable housing along transit corridors. We are also funding down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, home rehabilitation for low-income seniors and the disabled, and permanent supportive housing for those in need.
Ended exclusionary zoning and allowed for more types of housing. We passed major, progressive zoning reform that will allow “missing middle” housing such as townhomes, duplexes, and quads to be built throughout the city. We also passed text changes allowing ADUs, tiny homes, and cottage courts.
Secured funding for Bus Rapid Transit and made our bus system fare-free. I also remain committed to bringing commuter rail to our region.
Invested in our parks and greenspaces. Last year’s budget included millions in critical park maintenance and we are moving forward with a parks bond to fund the advancement of Dix Park, the Chavis Park revitalization, and parks throughout the city.
Community engagement. We created the first ever Office of Community Engagement with full-time staff and recently appointed a new Community Engagement Board. We also established the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and a Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board.
Now is not the time to let up. The issues that we all care about so much require consistent leadership and long-term strategy. Raleigh must be a city where stable, affordable housing is available to everyone. We must expand transportation options including continuation of fare-free bus service and commuter rail to relieve congestion and make our city accessible to all. And we must continue to work towards a city that is equitable, inclusive, and listens to the voices of all who call Raleigh home – our lifelong residents and newest neighbors. That’s the future Raleigh deserves and that’s why I’m running for re-election.
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