Candidate for Peoria City Council At-Large
Those of you who know me well, know I am a fighter; that I never give up when it comes to something that I care about. Well, I care about Peoria so I’m not going to allow a one-vote loss to discourage me from securing a seat on Peoria’s City Council.
Many of you know that I have lived here in Peoria for most all of my life. I’ve been fortunate to have lived and worked in each of the city’s five districts. My parents moved our family to Peoria from Hannibal, Missouri in the 1960’s. They were attracted to this area because there were plenty of jobs that paid good, livable wages and Caterpillar offered my dad an opportunity to work in its factory.
A lot has changed since the 1960’s when my family moved to Peoria. Manufacturing is much more advanced. Technology is much more advanced. And the jobs available today require much greater skills than those of yesterday. Like, the 1960’s, there are plenty of jobs available within our city and our region but unlike the 1960’s, there’s a shortage of individuals with the skills required to assume these jobs. We’ve got a skills mismatch my friends. But it’s a problem we can solve by preparing Peoria residents through proper education and workforce training. I’ve spent most of my professional career doing this work.
I’ve dedicated much of my life working to make Peoria a better place to live and work. Now, I’d like to be put in position to have a greater impact in helping Peoria move forward. This is why I’m running and there is no more critical time than now.