During my time as council member, I’ve committed every day of the past two years to fighting for District 18. That hard work paid off. I am proud to have brought over $34.5 million directly to our community to fund the necessary infrastructure upgrades and critical services we need. With 2024 marking the beginning of my second term, I wanted to take this moment to reflect on some of the most important investments I have made over the last two years as a first-term council member.
While on the City Council’s budget negotiation team, I fought alongside my colleagues to guarantee every school started fully funded with all their previous school year’s complete budget! Not a single one of our schools started this year with budget cuts. In addition, I allocated over $10 million to upgrade our school infrastructure, including new auditoriums, new technology and science labs, and more to increase opportunities for students. Lastly, I know we need after school options. I invested $680,000 in after school programs for everything from free sports programs to free chess classes.