My name is Christina Jones and I am the Community Engagement candidate. I'm a mother, a wife, a substitute teacher, and a community advocate. Over the last five years I have gained first hand knowledge of the inner workings of our city. I am prepared to lead and represent District E. I value Leadership, Transparency, and Communication. This is Raleigh, the Capital City, and we need to blaze a trail for others to follow. How do we get there? Communication. A seat at the table. Actual Engagement. Through social media, ongoing outreach, and regular Town Halls, I will be a true representative of our community's voice.
Affordable Housing is a critical need in our community as we continue to grow. As we watch developers build necessary housing to accommodate our city's rapid growth, it is important that Leadership ensure all residents, especially those making 30%, 50%, and 80% Annual Median Income (AMI) are included in that growth. I will advocate for Inclusionary Zoning, which will ask that we include all income levels in future development. Until we are able to use Inclusionary Zoning as a right, I will be
In addition all City of Raleigh employees, it is important that Leadership values Transportation Staff. Through our partnership with GoRaleigh, GoTriangle, and GoDurham, I believe that we need to pay our workers a Livable Wage and invest in the work they are doing to keep our residents connected to services throughout the city. It is vital, in District E, that we continue to innovate and push towards a light rail system that connects downtown Raleigh, to RDU, and beyond.
The Raleigh Parks System is one to be envied and it is important that we continue to fund ongoing maintenance, as well as, the creation of new parks. However, I do not believe that this bond produces that result while maintaining Equity for our residents. The focus is fast tracking one park while asking residents to foot the bill during a time of increased costs across the board.
Raleigh is one of 26 cities throughout the world with the designation "Biophilic City." Biophilic design is a way of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. We should continue to push the envelope on green initiatives in our development, such as tree canopy management, storm water runoff, and heat island mitigation.
Raleigh has a bright future! We can choose to work together to make it better, or continue down a path to inequality. Addressing issues such as gentrification of neighborhoods, better pay for police, fire, and city staff, and open dialogue between residents and their representatives, we can build a more equitable and inclusive city. My name is Christina Jones and I'm running for Raleigh City Council, District E this November.