Mayor’s Statement – 11/29/13

When I decided to run for Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, I did it because I felt we as a community could accomplish more, succeed more, and be more, if we did it together.

Thanks to the voters, I have achieved my first goal: to be in a position to help guide our local government in a direction that brings strength and cohesion to our city and larger community. I have begun to implement strategies that will allow for greater inclusion in the decision-making processes that affect all of us.

I will introduce an Ordinance to establish a Diversity Commission. I have started meeting with leaders who represent diverse cultural and socio-economic groups to discuss what that commission might look like and what it can focus on. I have ensured that vacancies for all City committees and appointed seats are advertised and known to anyone who is interested in applying.

In the current economic environment, it is crucial that we find ways to avoid unnecessary services among the governmental bodies and that we work together to increase efficiencies. Efforts are already moving forward to study Intergovernmental Service Agreements between the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fort Wainwright, the City of Fairbanks, and other community partners. I fully support the City’s engagement in these efforts. I believe that we can find more ways to increase services to the public while cutting costs and perhaps generating revenue.

Transparency is my benchmark for moving forward to provide citizens with avenues of access to information and communication with City departments. I have an open door policy and I also invite members of our community to attend any of our public meetings and contact me with comments, ideas, or concerns. It will take all of us working together to make our Golden Heart City stronger. We are Stronger Together.

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