As campaigning for the Tuesday, July 11 special election for 3rd Ward alderman draws to a close, many thanks to everyone who has welcomed me as I walked the streets. I’ve been treated with hospitality and openness. People have told me about their neighborhoods, sharing their challenges, as well as their hopes for the places they have chosen to call home or locate businesses.
Why am I running for alderman? In short, I love our 3rd Ward heritage neighborhoods. I am running so I can do my part to keep all of them healthy and strong. Unfortunately, we too often struggle with broken streets, abandoned or rundown properties and a lack of amenities and services. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Davenport is a good city with knowledgeable staff and committed public servants. But we should and can be great. How? With policies that make doing business with the city easier for residents. With ordinances that address the issues we face. With an environment that encourages fiscally responsible redevelopment and growth. My record of leadership and neighborhood engagement will serve the 3rd Ward well.
Our diverse neighborhoods, their sense of community and place, stretching across the wide 3rd Ward, provide the most personal means we have of bonding with our city. To those living in heritage neighborhoods where families have flourished for more than 50 years, or people living downtown, our newest neighborhood, where old buildings are coming back to life, I ask for your support on July 11.