Mike has spent his career fighting for Ward 8 families, and as the Ward 8 Councilmember, Mike will fight to invest in Ward 8's future while preserving its history. Mike believes it's #NowOrNever for Ward 8 to solve it's most pressing challenges, like investing in Ward 8 schools, attracting responsible development, and strengthening our workforce, so Ward 8 can be ready for the demands of tomorrow. Mike will bring a creative, balanced, and responsive leadership style to the Council.
As the Ward 8 Councilmember, Mike will use his experience in workforce, small business, and health care to bring a qualified and unique perspective to the Council. Mike will use that perspective while working closely with community leaders and partners in Ward 8 to create a plan for Ward 8 within his first 3 months in office. That’s the urgency that we need on the Council. It's Now Or Never to solve our most urgent challenges.
As the Ward 8 Councilmember, Mike will focus on:
Ward 8 is not seeing the growth that we deserve. Ward 8 continues to be overlooked when so many Ward 8 residents want investment in our community. Mike believes that Ward 8 deserves investment. Mike will be a Councilmember that attracts development with all the amenities and jobs that it brings. Mike will also prevent displacement for our most vulnerable residents. This allows our long-time residents to enjoy the prosperity that so many have wanted for a long time. That elevates development to responsible development.
Ward 8 residents have a life expectancy that's 15 years less than Ward 3 residents. That is ridiculous and speaks to the health care crisis that we're facing. As a former hospital VP, Mike understands the struggles that many families face when they don't feel they have adequate health care options. First, Mike will be a fighter for a trauma center East of the River, more clinics, and for healthy food options for Ward 8 residents. Next, Ward 8 residents deserve a new grocery store, so we can access healthy food to prevent many diseases. And as your Ward 8 Councilmember, Mike will fight for health care improvement across Ward 8.
Ward 8 schools are struggling. And right now, Ward 8 students continue to have some of the worst education outcomes in the District of Columbia. Ward 8 students deserve to have excellent school options, because right now, their futures are harmed because they attend a Ward 8 school. That is why its beyond time that we equitably fund our Ward 8 neighborhood schools. Mike will fight for a real, equitable investment in our neighborhood schools, one that prepares our students, pays our teachers, and offers students support when they need it most.
It's harder and harder for Ward 8 families to survive in DC. It's especially hard when there are fewer jobs for our residents. Mike will fight for job growth for Ward 8 residents. As Councilmember, Mike will fight to increase workforce training programs so Ward 8 residents are prepared for the demands of tomorrow.