Lindsey Jacobs is running for Greenville City Council because she believes neighborhoods like hers and residents like her need equal representation if Greenville is going to be a city for everyone.
“In this moment of tremendous change, we have to decide if we are going to grow together — all of us — or leave some of our neighbors behind,” said Jacobs, a 34-year-old Nicholtown resident who is the policy and advocacy director at Public Education Partners, an independent nonprofit dedicated to improving education.
Jacobs is running for one of City Council’s at-large seats. She will face Dorothy Dowe in the Democratic primary on June 11. The winner will face incumbent Republican George Fletcher in the Nov. 5 general election.
She said she will fight to protect the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, to fully fund Greenlink, and for truly affordable housing, and she won’t shy away from necessary conversations about opportunity inequality in the city.
“In order for this community to grow together, we need visionary, inclusive leadership,” she said.
On her campaign website, Jacobs lists four main issues: affordable housing, accessible government, mass transit and sustainability, and economic inequality.
Jacobs said she would hold regular office hours in neighborhoods across the city. She also advocates broadcasting and recording City Council and committee-of-the-whole meetings as well as occasionally holding council meetings in neighborhoods. She said boards and commissions should reflect the city’s diversity.
Jacobs said the city must continue to invest in the Greenville Housing Fund with a recurring line item of at least $1 million in its annual budget and overhaul its zoning laws to allow for increased density.
She said the city should work with the county to fully fund Greenlink’s Transit Development Plan to expand the public transportation system.
Jacobs serves on the city’s GVL2040 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the Greenville County Board of Zoning Appeals, and the South Carolina Food Policy Council. She founded the Greenville Food and Farm Coalition and co-founded the Greenville Civic Project, aimed at growing Greenville’s civic knowledge and participation.
She oversees the Nicholtown Community Garden and has participated in the inaugural Greenlink Citizens Transit Academy.