Candidate for District 2 Assembly
Fiance – Florentina (to be married Sept. 21)
Real Estate Investor and Developer
Internship – Governor Tony Knowles – Summer 2000 – Office of Constituent Relations
B.S. in Business, Arizona State University
Do you support additional city funding for a new building to house the Juneau Arts and Culture Center?
The last time I received a PFD was the year 2000 and it was used for college tuition – my next PFD will go towards savings
To make a difference, and to help build for Juneau’s future. I feel like I have a unique skill set and can add value to the Assembly.
I think child care and early childhood development is the foundation for successful education and developing our youth to become good, productive citizens in this city and I think it’s a great investment that we can make.
I look at public safety as an absolute core service, and something that should come first and foremost. So, I’m fully supportive of backing our police and fire and making sure that they have every available resource for staffing, for recruitment, for retaining. And it’s an ongoing issue that – it’s challenging, but ultimately I think it needs to be our core focus, number one, in this city when looking at priorities is to back public safety.
As far as affordable housing goes, there’s many different ways you can go about it. One of them is incentivizing developers to build. If you’re looking to add affordable housing in a specific area, I think it needs to be defined.
But there’s several ways to go about this. One of them is potentially property tax abatement, which I know the city has looked at recently on the Assembly. But that, along with just smarter regulation. … I see it as a supply and demand issue. If you want more affordable housing you need to encourage more supply. You can encourage more supply by making it easier for developers to build product, not harder. And I think you can do that through less duplication, whether it’s conditional use permits and building permits, and then ultimately incentivizing developers.