Frequently Asked Questions
While meeting people from District 4, I often receive questions from fellow citizens. This page includes many of those questions. Please contact me if you would like further information.
Why are you running for city council?
I have been in the public service business for 32 years. Serving others is something I am passionate about. For decades as a first responder, I have helped others in times of distress. Instead of responding when people are in crisis, I want to proactively address the underlying issues on a large scale. I want Huntsville to be where my children and grandchildren want to live and raise their families. Huntsville is growing, but I do not want district 4 to be left behind in that growth.
What qualifies you to be a council member?
I have owned and operated a successful small business and served on several boards for organizations in our community. I am continually educating myself on our city with programs like Leadership Greater Huntsville and the Mayor’s Leadership program. Over the past 32 years, I have lived and breathed Huntsville infrastructure as a city employee. In addition to all these things, I am also a lifelong citizen of Huntsville. I have a deep understanding of our city functions.
What is the difference between you and your opponent?
I have spent my life working, running a business, raising a family, and serving the community. I have worked in an industry where leaders make difficult decisions several times each day. Abstaining is never an option. Through my years of experience and learning, I am well equipped to address the problems our city is facing and will face in the future.
What is your stance on collective bargaining?
Alabama is a right to work state. Unions are limited in their actions within the state of Alabama. Personally, I believe collective bargaining breaks cities. Cities like New York and Chicago cannot sustain contracts because of these collective bargaining agreements. I would not support collective bargaining in Huntsville.
What is your stance on pay parity within the city?
Pay parity was a way 30+ years ago to keep police officers and fire fighters at the same pay rate as they promoted for fairness. Each job has changed over the years in ways that make the comparison like comparing apples to oranges. As you can read in this article, my opponent tried to get parity in 2015 and failed because it wasn't relevant to the job description.
Pay should be based on the job, experience, number of personnel supervised, etc. Instead of pay parity, the city should regularly survey jobs to ensure city employees are paid at a competitive rate for the Huntsville area.
My garbage is not always picked up on time. How will you address this deficiency and others like it?
We need to make a concentrated investment in our fleet. The number of frontline trucks and employees operating these vehicles need to increase at a proper rate equivalent to our city's growth. Keeping these workers in up to date equipment will alleviate some of the burden and disruption caused by delayed services we are currently having. It is time to prioritize keeping commitments made to the citizens.
Is leaf pick-up ever coming back?
This will be a priority when I get into office. Leaf pick-up needs to be brought back for many reasons. This service helps the elderly as well as those in low income areas who are unable to bag their leaves or unable to pay for the service. Leaves left in gutters create problems for city departments like public works. Clogged water systems cause flooding. Leaf pick-up will alleviate these issues and will improve the quality of life for our citizens.
What are you going to do about our worker shortage?
Labor shortages are plaguing cities across America. Locally, we need to establish better relationships with the Home Builders Association, schools, and local businesses. The average age of a skilled laborer is 57 in the construction industry. Skilled laborer jobs pay well, and I can personally say they are a fulfilling career. We need to focus on bringing the younger generations in to fill these roles. This includes keeping Huntsville appealing to the generations growing up here, so they will choose to join the labor force locally rather than moving away.
How are you going to address the opioid crisis?
Huntsville has a strong non-profit community. These organizations are already in place and are doing a great job supporting those in need. The city needs to partner with organizations like First Stop and His Way to support more of these individuals before they ever experience this crisis.
What role do you think the city council plays in mental health services?
It is the role of the council to ensure our first responders are both trained and equipped to respond when called to a mental health crisis. Early intervention systems should be in place to help those in our community in a time of need.
How are you going to improve the conditions of our streets and sidewalks?
We need to invest in better technology like the American Road Patch and be more intentional in our planning to repair and replace roads. This means a continuous, regular investment in our roads and not just an investment during election cycles.
Why are so many apartments being built in our city?
26 people are moving to Huntsville every day. There is currently a housing shortage in the area. We need to work with organizations like the Realtors Association and the Home Builders Association to address this shortage and improve our local quality of life. It is important to promote homeownership and investing in our community.