The last few years in Sanford have been transformative. I am honored to serve on the City Council and proud of what we have accomplished. Using the momentum we started with the completion of our downtown streetscape projects, economic development partnerships, public arts initiatives and sound financial management, we are ready to continue moving our community forward.
Much has changed, but what I believe in and why I am running for another term on the City Council has not. My focus remains on what is important to you.
I have and will continue to work for:
Community Revitalization – We have completed our award winning Streetscape projects in Downtown Sanford and Jonesboro, expanded sidewalks, developed a robust public arts program, started a Streetfest & Fireworks celebration and recently opened a highly anticipated splash pad and playground at Kiwanis Family Park.
Economic Development – We have entered into partnerships that position our community to attract jobs and development which will expand opportunity for all our citizens. New businesses, retail and restaurants have opened, the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.1% (from 12% when I joined the council), the tax base has expanded by $330 Million, and Sanford was named a Top Small City to Start a Business in the nation by Wallethub.
On September 17, we announced that through the work of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance (our economic development partnership), that Indian company Bharat Forge chose Sanford to locate their new manufacturing operation. This will create 460 new full-time jobs and an investment of $170.9 million in Sanford!
Public Safety – We have improved our fire rating with the state, implemented a body camera program for our police officers, established a Commission on the Opioid Abuse Epidemic and continued to engage the community through programs like National Night Out.
Transparent and Responsible Government – We have developed new ways to allow you to connect to your local government through our website and mobile app, continued the Citizens Academy, added a Youth Academy and remained committed to sound financial stewardship with a strong Aa3 credit rating and a 2 cent tax reduction this fiscal year.
The City of Sanford is a key partner in S3 Housing Connect, a public-private task force comprised of members from local nonprofits, churches, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and government officials and staff with the goal of creating a coordinated approach to ensure that homelessness is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience. Last fiscal year, S3 Housing Connect opened Sanford’s first low-barrier Emergency Weather Shelter.
The work of making our community a better place to live, work and play is never done. It is a continual process that involves all of us working together. Feel free to contact me with your ideas and concerns at 919-721-6881 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support. I humbly ask for your vote this election – early voting begins October 16 and Election Day is November 5, 2019.