"With over 30 years of experience, I have been involved with public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you, the constituents of District 1. We need to combat the effects of COVID-19, create more living wage jobs and sustainable small businesses, improve our schools, and make public safety - especially fighting crime, a top priority. I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and actually get things done."- Herman Thomas
The impact of COVID-19 has not only had an impact on our health, but also on our local economy and society. I know that is has been a challenging year for everyone. As City Councilman of District 1, I will ensure that we continue to get through these unprecedented times together. We have observed that masking, testing, and social distancing are all very effective methods that help stop the spread of COVID-19.
I want to ensure the safety of all constituents in District 1 by educating and increasing the supply of COVID-19 vaccinations that will help permanently reopen all schools and businesses safely. It is important that we administer COVID-19 resources to communities and people, specifically those in District 1, that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. I will encourage all constituents to follow CDC guidelines.
Every child deserves to receive a quality education, no matter what school they attend. As City Councilman of District 1, I will work everyday to make sure that schools within the District including Holloway Elementary, Forest Hill Elementary, Old Shell Magnet, Washington Middle, Scarborough Middle, Phillips Preparatory, Chastang-Fournier K-8, Leflore High School and Just 4 Learning Laboratory have the resources and funding required to be successful.
As the founder of the Toulminville & Crichton Development Center for the past years, I have been successful in acquiring over $20,000 in grant funding for schools in District 1. As City Councilman, I will continue to procure the funding needed for our schools in District 1.
Urban planning and local politics work hand in hand. Urban planning involves everything that affects the city such as economic profit or loss, quality of residential life, urban renewal vs. historic preservation, etc. One of my primary objectives in urban planning is to rebuild homes and improve existing neighborhoods within the city.
Crime has been a long-standing concern for our community. I truly believe that by building strong relationships with the City of Mobile, community constituents and our law enforcement, we can make a change for the better.
As City Councilman, I will push for the establishment and sustainability of a Community Acton Group (CAG) in all of District 1.
We must be resilient and adaptive in the current economy to prepare our constituents, communities, institutions, and businesses for the future. By focusing on economic development and sustainability for younger working-class constituents, we will in turn help develop and sustain our overall local economy. One of the key components of economic development as City Councilman of District 1 will be the redevelopment of St. Stephens Road Businesses Corridor.