By Dorothy Dowe
Leadership decisions about who is on the council belong to you
We all know that for Greenville, the next four years matter. Perhaps as never before, the decisions made by Greenville City Council will be more numerous, more complicated, and have more direct impact on our quality of life. Which is why we need to elect an at-large council person committed to doing the hard work of keeping all of us involved. A person who attends council meetings and neighborhood and commission meetings in order to consider the interests of both business and neighborhoods. And who understands maximizing our potential does not require sacrificing our values.
Perhaps different from my opponent, I believe City Council should be able to focus on residents as well as tourists, that Greenvillians want to create prosperity that also generates philanthropy, and that Greenville has the capacity to build pathways out of poverty as well as pathways in the park. I believe our best work is yet to be done.
When I proudly say “Yeah, that Greenville,” I’m referencing our city’s commitment to community. I’m talking about us. Which is why I will champion these key priorities:
- Affordable housing: I support funding housing for families earning between $15,000 and $55,000 per year and will champion the effort to address our deficit of over 2500 units. This income level includes professions we all value that are critical to a thriving community, such as our teachers, police officers and service workers. Additionally, support for affordable housing is essential to addressing our growing concerns surrounding gentrification, as well as our challenges for those experiencing homelessness, including the over 1,100 students in our school district who are currently experiencing homelessness.
- Transportation: This is one of the major barriers to workforce entry for our citizens who do not have their own means of transportation. I support the phased approach of the Greenlink Transit Development Plan which includes recommendations for both short-term and long-term improvements, and the necessary funding to implement this plan. Additionally, our traffic challenges serve as a threat to our quality of life and I believe we need to stop talking about traffic as a neighborhood issue and start addressing traffic as a city council priority.
- Managed growth: On council, I will work to help steer and adopt our comprehensive plan, known as GVL 2040, and ensure that it has teeth in it, that will help us manage our growth wisely and will ensure Greenville’s success for the long term. Growth in Greenville is necessary for us to progress. We all want to be a city where citizens thrive and businesses invest.
Over the last 12 months, I have made every effort to interact meaningfully with as many voters as possible. You have expressed a growing concern about the pace of change around us, the decision-making criteria that is driving the change, and the sense you have of being left out of those decisions.
On November fifth many of you only have one chance to affect the decision-making body of our city. You can choose me instead of my opponent who has had four years to address your concerns about change and communication and failed to do so. Leadership decisions about who is on Council belong to you.
Every Greenville city resident gets to vote for an at-large candidate on November 5. It is a citywide office charged with representing all of us. I’d be honored to have your vote.
Dorothy Dowe is the Democrat candidate for the at-large seat on Greenville City Council.