Column: Wrapping up my first term as your council member

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.