Hard work alone is not enough for far too many of our citizens. Cyclical poverty is nearly impossible to escape. We must address the causes by preparing our citizens to earn living wages and receive benefits from high quality employment. I’m an advocate for small businesses because they lift people out of poverty and contribute to their community. My work on East 12th Street has prepared me to advocate on behalf of all who start small.
In addition, I will ensure that Austin makes investments in families through food access, reliable affordable child care, and transportation. We must create bold alternative institutions that address challenges and create opportunities.