Improving our Education System
As a former member of the Lawrence School Committee I understand how public education are vital to a city's growth and success. I am committed to ensure that our school system develops 21st century leaders. Some of my top priorities as a State Senator will be:
Support initiatives that increase the dropout age to 18 and expand early childhood to full day starting at 4 years old.
Work to make higher education more affordable.
Advocate for more resources to our public schools.
Helping Small Businesses Thrive
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of any community and I am committed to help them grow and be successful. We need to make it easier for business to start up in our city and we need to be more attractive for outside businesses to want to set up roots here. This will increase our tax base and provide for the expansion of public services.
Improving Public Safety
I am committed to focus on creating and supporting current initiatives that target our current rise in violent crimes and the opium addiction epidemic we face. As a former social worker and public education advocate I understand how lack of economic opportunities and poor education systems play a contributing factor to the rise in violent crimes and drug addictions. To successfully target this epidemic that is crippling our city we need to targets the roots of the problem and also ensure that Police Departments have the resources, training, and support they need to keep our communities safe.
Our communities are facing a serious housing crisis (high rent and shortage of affordable housing). We need a comprehensive housing approach to address the impact it has on municipal service, education, traffic, and public safety. We need to have a conversion with our neighboring communities about having a regionalized approach to solving this issue.