As an 18-year union member, I’ve seen firsthand how attacks on organized labor have eroded the middle class. My membership in the IAFF helped guarantee a fair wage, healthcare, a retirement, and workplace protections. Every working person in America should have those same protections. I’m running because I think Monroe County needs a pro-labor, pro-worker voice on the council. Additionally, I believe that my experience handling a multi-million dollar budget with the Bloomington Fire Department and my hands on work addressing the opioid crisis in Monroe County gives me the experience I’d need to succeed on the council.
If elected, I hope to work in making the new convention center an economic hub for Monroe County. We’ve got one shot to get this right and I’d help lead a transparent process that welcomes input from all community members. I’d bring my experience as a first responder to help create programs to address the opioid crisis at all stages in addiction and address the overpopulation of our county jail. I would be a champion for public health, ensuring that all county residents have public space for exercise and play.