All candidates have ideas.
Some candidates even have a vision.
Danielle Stewart has more. She has a PLAN.
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The free and unrestricted flow of information is absolutely critical to improving our community. The residents of Beckley deserve this and more from their city government and I will work openly and continuously to provide our residents with the best information available. This is just one way I will create a Beckley for Beckley.
“You can’t kill your way out of an Insurgency”
– General David Petraeus
“You can’t arrest your way out of a drug epidemic”
– Danielle Stewart
“The roots of poor health and poverty are the same. By joining forces, community development and health can have even more impact in the low-income communities they serve.” — Colby Dailey, Build Healthy Places Network
WVU Tech, Concord University, New River Community and Technical College, and our other institutes of higher education send hundreds of college graduates out into the work force each May. Some graduates will find easy employment – most out of state and away from Beckley. Some will not find a good job so easily, get frustrated, and leave as well. I will change this.
I envision a Beckley where small, innovate businesses drive the economic growth of the city. A Beckley where our young adults find financially sustaining and meaningful jobs and are mentored and supported as they develop into the next generation of entrepreneurs. A Beckley where our elderly and disabled residents live in a healthy and safe community with infrastructure, activities, and services designed to support them in dignity and respect. A Beckley that invests in our youth with city supported activities to further their education and development. I envision a Beckley that leads the state in support for our educational institutions, our students, and our educators. A Beckley that is the center of history and the arts in southern West Virginia. And a Beckley socially connected through entertaining events, healthy activities, and a spiritual community that makes every resident feel respected and important.
This is what a City of Champions looks like.
People are afraid of crime and they do not trust the Beckley Police to protect them. This feeling isn’t fair to the people and it isn’t fair to the hard-working police officers trying to make a difference in the community. As Mayor, I will lead the effort to reconnect our police and our citizens so that together we can make Beckley better.
"Downtown Revitalization is Economic Development. The direct impact of downtown revitalization on local and state economies is well documented. Investment in revitalization creates jobs, increases property values and attracts tourists. All of which are economic benefits to the cities making those investments." - Tom Yantis, Vice President for Community Planning, BWR Corporation
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” – Mother Teresa
Now is the time to invest in our city’s future, we cannot wait. Through the Beckley Infrastructure Board, I will fight for the money and coordinate the efforts that will improve and sustain Beckley for the next 50 years. Together, we can create a Beckley that our children and grandchildren will be able to call home.
I hear from multiple people monthly about how bad parking is in downtown Beckley and want it fixed. Business owners in downtown Beckley also believe we need more parking. I believe the parking we have fits the needs we have now but is not enough for the Beckley we want to be.
People who care about their community will not trash it. I believe many people in the city feel like the city government does not care about them and the trash is just one way they show their feelings.
Danielle Stewart for Mayor of Beckley
“it is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.”
― Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
“The plague of mankind is the fear and rejection of diversity…The belief that there is only one right way to live, only one right way to regulate religious, political, sexual, medical affairs is the root cause of the greatest threat to man: members of his own species, bent on ensuring his salvation, security, and sanity. ”
― Thomas Szasz
“It's very difficult to innovate without requiring people to do something different. And whenever you require people to do something different, you're talking about change.” – John P. Kotter