There are many things I want to do as mayor, but I won't promise more than I can deliver. Most important will be a framework of government for WE THE PEOPLE instead of mostly for rich campaign donors. Working with City Council and city employees, we will revise local laws to promote THE COMMON GOOD of all Sioux Falls citizens. We will have government for the people, all races, all classes, all income levels, all affiliations, EVERYBODY! Government for the people, instead of government over the people, will enable transparency instead of secrecy; open records instead of secret contracts; respecting petitions instead of ignoring them; fair bargaining with labor unions; reasonable spending instead of massively overpriced construction; increased resources for better roads; and reasonable penalties for small crimes.
Promoting drug treatment programs will reduce crime and keep us all safer. City employees working with prisoners will promote economic growth and lower prison costs. I want to mentor, teach, and employ prisoners to promote healing, growth, and re-integration. We will change zoning laws to build affordable housing; reduce police intimidation tactics; investigate repairing commercial roads at night instead of during the day; enforce laws fairly instead of bowing to favoritism; and make it safer to report crimes.
There is a great deal of deliberate disinformation about drugs. But studies show cannabis is safer than legal opioids and alcohol. Other studies show that alcohol and tobacco are the gateway drugs, not marijuana.
Disinformation promotes fear while protecting pharmaceutical, alcohol, and prison industries. Legalizing marijuana would reduce crime; increase farm income reduce prison costs; and lower use of dangerous opiates.
We will make Sioux Falls greener by planting thousands of trees, especially fruit trees; extending our lovely bike path; promoting urban agriculture; and switching some areas to native grasses and plants that don't need mowing. Additionally, we will partner with the state to clean up the Big Sioux River.
We will promote diversity and acceptance via educational programs, community involvement, police accreditation, and social mixers in schools, government, and industry. Evidence-based policy, openness, and integrity are all essential to my life. They will likewise be inherent in my upcoming administration.