Connections and Results
In many ways, it defined my service on City Council. My many years of work with charities, non-profits and the business community all came together in meeting the needs created by that storm and the flooding of the homes in my community.
From volunteering those days at the Recovery Center, to recruiting Operation Blessing Disaster Relief, to securing hotel rooms for families, to organizing a fund and food drive with a radio station, to getting businesses to donate emergency items to help these families….I was there body and soul.
I don’t like talking about myself. Helping families who lost everything was not about me, and I really don’t like listing things I did to help, but in political campaigns, people who weren’t there make claims about what you did and what you didn’t do.
One thing I won’t do is take criticism from political candidates who weren’t there.
Campaigns shouldn’t be like that, but it is what it is.
The people that we helped know. I’ve knocked on their doors in the years since that disaster and they remember. I’m happy with the relationships that have grown out of that partnership and work.
The accomplishments I have on City Council are public and easily researched, committing over $426 million dollars for stormwater and flooding mitigation, plus $3 million for the Dewberry Study which advises the City on implementation, fought for $5.3 million in FEMA money to be switched from the oceanfront to our Community and District, Co-chairing the Long-term Recovery Group – all this and more I worked for without spotlights or fanfares.
I did it because that’s what needed to be done.
When we elect a new Delegate, I promise you I won’t be seeking attention and grandeur like many in office. I’ll just be working for you, getting results and making the lives of everyone in our District, our City and our State better.