Safety: Safety, naturally, should be our highest priority. Together we need to ensure that where we live, where we work, where our kids study and where we play are safe havens for all families. In addition, we need to work together to completely eliminate home intrusions and break-ins. We should assure that our police officers, firefighters, and Town staff have excellent training and the resources necessary to maintain the highest safety, standard of living and quality of life. Through our core values of freedom and fairness, we as a community can make Cary the best place to live and work.
Protect surging property values by ending aggressive overdevelopment: Property values have increased, which is good for land and homeowners. Unfortunately, home buyers feel that Cary is experiencing a “bubble” market, and it may burst at any time. The Town Council has hastily approved several new developments in West Cary, which could lead to financial calamity not unlike what we experienced in 2008. I believe we can avoid that by ending aggressive overdevelopment immediately. With your support, I propose to ban new home development until caps are removed in all schools.
Create four-lane roads at all schools: West Cary has the finest schools in the area. Our city includes three high schools – a rarity among leading educational cities, but transportation creates excessive noise and traffic jams around our homes because all schools are located adjacent to two-lane roads. We should work together to make four lanes roads around our schools. We should ensure that our schools' teachers have excellent training and the proper resources to do their jobs well because schools are one of the major factors that impact property values and the quality of life. We need to do what is best for our children as they are the direct and measurable response of our excellent school system.
Cary can again be the No.1 place to live and work: According to Money magazine, Cary was the No.1 place to live and work in 2004 but the same magazine dropped our city to No. 37 in 2016. What happened? We need to work together to bring back our city to the No.1 place to live and work.
Highway 540 Toll: West Cary residents are facing another challenging issue with the recent increase in the Highway 540 toll. Every resident of West Cary feels the toll is exorbitant and unmerited. Citizens should only be required to pay a fair fee. It does not matter when it was built and who funded the project. We should work together to reduce the toll and collect a fair fee on the entire 540 ring road.
Conserve Water Resources and Preserve & Protect the Environment: As many of our citizens know, our planet is overwhelmed with non-recyclable plastics. Most shops today offer plastic bags with no alternative options. Offices use plastic coffee makers and plastic cups/straws, restaurants offer plastic containers to store and pack hot food items, and what about also the excessive amount of wasteful paper mail that’s spammed around our town? We routinely (and often unknowingly) pack our everyday lives with the careless use of plastic and other non-recyclable items. We all understand that plastic items wreak havoc on our trash remediation services, promote disasters to our health and environment, and generally lead to unintended and unwarranted consequences. These alone make it our responsibility to save our lives, our town, and our planet. We should come together and take strict measures to ban plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastic items in our city. My promise to my fellow citizens is to promote the use of recyclable and disposable items, with a goal of maximum reduction in the use of non-recyclable consumables.
Based on our current city planning structure, we are at high risk of contamination in our drinking water, which originates from Jordan Lake (and the Cape Fear River Basin). Our water is directly affected by runoff, fertilizer poisoning, and various other sources of contamination. Given that most Cary citizens feed their lawns fertilizers (chemicals), weed killers and fresh water, we live in a high-risk area for drinking water pollution. Fertilizers and weed-killer chemicals flow from our lawns back to our lakes during heavy rain. We rely on a single source of water purification through our city and leave ourselves open to water shortages without diversified options for drinking water. My comprehensive plan is for our town to adopt a water-free(drought tolerant) and fertilizer-free (organic) lawn system around our homes, schools, workplaces, greenways, parks, and roadsides. This would allow us to conserve and protect our water sources and environment.