Dear Community Member,
It is an honor to be running to represent our shared values on the Brooklyn Center City Council.
As an immigrant parent, community advocate, and tenured math teacher in the only high school in the city, I feel compelled to run for a seat on the city council because of the opportunities for growth that I see in my beloved city. Brooklyn Center as a first ring suburb with one of the most diverse populations in the nation, should be a testimony to the power of diversity and its associated benefits. Brooklyn Center, because of its location, should be a hub of businesses and a stronghold of flourishing jobs. But instead, it has become the graveyard of businesses and an economic wasteland because our leaders have failed to deliberately invest in our city’s future. The genius and ingenuity that accompany diversity has not been unleashed for the benefit of the city because decisions, policies, and ordinances are crafted without the involvement of the majority of our citizens.
The inequity in wealth and access across the city has forced parents to make decisions between keeping their community roots and access to jobs that pay livable wages. I believe that municipalities have to make deliberate efforts to invest , financially and morally, in communities as a way improving our cities and making everyone feel welcome and needed.