This election season is crowded with promises and wishful thinking.
Many have appeared who have never considered public office before. In some, it really shows. Their education on issues is limited to repeating what they hear others say in candidate forums. Only now are they reaching out to community members to get informed on the issues they promise to work on when in office.
Anyone running for office this election season, especially running to represent the largest district in the city—the Princess Anne District –, should already be fully informed on these important issues and should already have been working on those issues well before launching a political career.
That’s the difference between a new voice of experience with a credible record and a politician repeating talking points he’s heard along the way.
Virginia Beach needs a qualified replacement for an incumbent who first joined City Council when Jimmy Carter was President. The problems the incumbent promises to solve are the same problems she has been trying to solve for decades. Even if you agree with her priorities, the city is on the cusp of major change.
Isn’t it time to hire a new City Council member ready to get results?
We need a district representative who knows the district issues, can easily pick up the torch to find solutions to existing problems, and is excited to work on others as well – projects that involve all of us and all areas of the city.
I’m that leader.
I’ve spent 7 years working and learning. I’ve stood up to political pressure and cast my votes with honor and ethics. I know our district, and I know districts throughout the city. I’ve worked and voted on issues concerning Kempsville and Bayside, from Atlantic Avenue to Birdneck to Shore Drive, from Town Center to Lynnhaven Mall, from Princess Anne Road to Great Neck.
One of my opponents can’t say that and the incumbent isn’t promising to do that.
We need the next generation of informed leaders to step up today; there’s time for the interested newcomer to learn as I have. And the incumbent will always need “more time” to solve a problem.
We don’t have time to wait any longer. The time is now.
It’s time to pass the torch to a qualified successor who can build on the district’s legacy and put Virginia Beach first. We need someone committed for the long-haul with a new set of ideas for “growth” and sustainability.
I’m that leader.
For City Council, we need leaders with broad perspectives that speak to many needs. We need leaders who have the energy and drive to work on interrelated goals that will benefit all Virginia Beach residents, for instance a regional resiliency plan that will assist Virginia Beach in becoming a sustainable city for the future, a future that we hope — through new leadership– will bring technology and biomedical industry (among others) to this area to grow and diversify our economy.
We need leaders who see that addressing our flooding issues is crucial to our survival. We need leaders who already know that this will include an understanding of the complex issues affecting flooding and rethinking how we grow and develop from a land use perspective. We need leaders who recognize this plan must include redevelopment and close attention to how other cities across the region and country are addressing this issue for survivability and viability.
A singular focus is not how leaders of the future will work. It’s not how Virginia Beach should work. Virginia Beach should also avoid inexperienced opportunists whose motive for winning is to block progress.
We need leaders who have been involved, who have a record, who understand the job they are asking to do and are ready to work for you.
With the right “new” leader in place, we can move Virginia Beach forward into the future.