As someone who has owned a successful business, I understand the value of having a strategic plan to set direction and priorities, measure progress, drive alignment and communicate important messages. In August 2017, I released a comprehensive plan for tackling many of Toledo's toughest challenges and my intentions to address those challenges. Recognizing that I am one-twelfth of a legislative body, I will, nonetheless, use the Strategic Plan as THE STRONGEST guide for directing my actions as a member of Toledo City Council.
Below you will also find key issues that impact many of our citizens and my approach to tackling many of these tough challenges on council.
I am committed to putting city government on a sound fiscal path while providing the citizens and businesses of Toledo with high levels of service.
Therefore we should:
Build a staff culture based on performance and accountability—rewarding innovation and hard work and removing inefficiency and ineffective bureaucracy. Learn more >
- Take a bipartisan approach to putting the city's long-term interests ahead of ANY political party or narrow interest group.
- Invest in technology by updating antiquated systems to improve the efficiency and the delivery of city services. Learn more >
Neighborhoods should be enhanced with a thoughtful plan for infrastructure repair—from roads to water pipes, sidewalks to sewers. Therefore the Capital Improvements budget should be made whole. Additionally, great communities and cities are built on neighborhoods that take pride in their homes and care for their neighbors.
Many of our neighborhoods, once vibrant and proud, are struggling with a number of challenges. For those neighborhoods, my goals are:
Stop the transfer of money from our Capital Improvement account. Period! That will free up necessary dollars to fix roads and other infrastructure. Learn more >
Create a funding mechanism that engages neighborhood organizations and foundations for buy-in on projects that are right for them, right where they live. Learn more >
Return crime-ridden neighborhoods back to law abiding citizens. No longer will any Toledoan feel like a hostage in his or her own home. Learn more >
Toledo and the region have much to be proud of. I will remain a cheerleader for everything Toledo and northwest Ohio and use every opportunity to restore confidence in our region.
Businesses have been reluctant to locate to Toledo, or have moved away because of the chronic inefficiency, bureaucracy and lack of leadership and vision in city government, which I have pointed out and will continue to do so. City departments need to work proactively for the benefit of both its residents and businesses, providing economic opportunity and growth to its citizens.
The city must get off the sideline and play an important role partnering with the private sector—helping fuel our downtown renaissance and the many benefits it will have for surrounding neighborhoods and the entire city.
Here's my focus:
Balancing urban planning with common sense regulations. We will stop hindering business growth, by supporting the entrepreneur and businesses, which will provide more and higher-paying job opportunities for all Toledoans.
Working with our suburban neighbors to insure our water supply—a catalyst for economic development and a basic necessity for families and businesses—is never threatened again. We must put our water supply on a sound operating basis. Learn more >
"Heard through the grapevine that the soft meter legislation passed. Many thanks for being our champion on this matter."
— Judy Potter (Black and White Transportation)