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Policy Positions

Time for a Change

Develop affordable, common sense transit solutions

As mayor, I will work with metro city council to implement short-term and long-term solutions for addressing the congestion affecting our city and surrounding counties.  These include evaluating and selecting among competing transit proposals such as Intelligent Transit for Nashville and improved bus service, use of rideshare technology, and encouraging employers to adopt flex-time for employees to reduce rush hour congestion.

  • Find short-term & long-term solutions
  • Look for regional transit alternatives
  • Improve use of existing resources

Improve infrastructure by repairing potholes, roads, and bridges

One of my top priorities as mayor would be fixing potholes, roads, bridges, and sidewalks. In 2018, the city had 9,179 reported potholes and 18 employees working to prioritize and patch them.  Given the damage potholes can cause cars and tires, it makes sense to increase the number of employee tasked with repairing the roads. It also makes sense to prioritize bridge repairs, sidewalks, and broken streetlights in neglected areas of town.

  • Fix potholes & improve roads
  • Develop infrastructure including bridges & sidewalks
  • Improve work resources & address neglected areas

End cronyism and fight to end unfair distribution of neighborhood resources

Justin Owen, the CEO of the Beacon Center, has written about corporate welfare that has been doled out as cash grants and tax credits to large companies. These sweetheart deals benefit the few at the expense of the many who subsidize the boondoggles with their tax dollars. We see the cronyism in the allocation of contracts and the disparity of goods and services across neighborhoods. This must be addressed and rectified.

  • Fight against corporate welfare
  • Stop sweetheart deals
  • Make fair distribution of resources

Reduce violent crime through improved police and community partnerships

As mayor, I would work with Metro police, community leaders, pastors, and teachers to develop programs and strategies to combat violent crime and strengthen relationships between the police and minority communities.  My priorities would include; educating citizens about the nature of policing, the benefit to society of having well-trained and professional police, community responsibilities to respect authority and the rule of law, and the establishment of programs to train young people how to comport themselves when they have encounters with police.    
Violent crime was on the rise last year in Nashville. Our murder rate of 107 was the city’s second-highest ever, just five fewer than Nashville’s all-time record of 112, set in 1997.

  • Strengthen relationships between metro police and minority communities
  • Advocate for criminal justice reform that prepares prisoners to return to society and find gainful employment and housing.
  • Target at-risk youth and use mentors and authority figures to teach and stress the sanctity of human life.

Strive to keep Nashville affordable for working families

Nashvillians deserve a say about what kind of city Nashville should be, how fast it should grow, and what, if any, responsibilities we owe to native Nashvillians who find the city they love unaffordable. In 2017, a financial and planning website, GoBankingRates, applied a cost-of-living index comparing cities and found Nashville had the greatest increase in cost and that it would take an income of $70,150 to live comfortably in the city. Meanwhile, U.S. Census data from 2016 placed the median household income at $50,484. There are many people in Nashville making far below $50,000.

  • Find ways to improve cost of living
  • Look for ways to help bring high paying jobs to Nashville
  • Advocate for new forms of workforce housing

Protect parental rights and improve K-12 education

The right of parents to make meaningful decisions about how they will raise and educate their children is under attack.  As mayor, I would work to encourage city agencies to respect the right of parents to make choices about their children’s education and health. I would also work with teachers, principals, and school administrators to meet the needs of individual schools.  Homeschooling parents and those who utilize charter schools will have my attention and I will work to encourage school choice and options for every family.

  • Work to improve parental involvement
  • Defend school choice & protect our teachers
  • Be open to new ideas

Keep taxes under control

As mayor, I would work to keep taxes from rising any further and to rein in wasteful government spending.  I believe we can find more efficient ways to use our taxpayer’s dollars.

  • Work to reduce waste
  • Avoid spending that requires tax increases
  • Look for ways to lower costs

Protect property rights of businesses and individuals

As mayor, I would fight to protect the private property rights of Nashvillians from governmental seizure through eminent domain, where governments take private property for public use. I believe property owners should have the right to decide how they are going to use the property for which they are taxed.

  • Protect private property rights
  • Fight against eminent domain
  • Allow for choice in use of property

Strengthen the pension system

We must be realistic when it comes to Metro government’s currently underfunded pension plan. As mayor, I would work with city council to examine sustainable options for protecting and preserving the health and growth of the pension system. It is time to look at the overall health of the system and stop making promises that cannot be kept.  We can no longer gamble with worker’s retirement plans.
  • Look for ways to improve pension sustainability
  • Only look for realistic options
  • Be responsible with worker’s retirement plans

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