Improve Basic Services
The first task of local government is to balance the budget and work every day to improve the police, fire, road, water, sewer, solid waste, and storm water services that residents expect, that residents deserve. As long as I'm Mayor, this will be my constant focus.
We need to get the basics right, but we all know that Ann Arbor is not a basic community. Our values set us apart. It's one of the things I love about our home. We are a community that values pluralism, that welcomes and embraces people of all kinds, no matter age, race or ethnicity, nation of origin, religion or its absence, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability. We know that these differences strengthen us in good times and in bad. In Ann Arbor we have faith in a common future and love for our neighbor. We will not give up on either.
Sustainability demands environmental stewardship, but it is so much more. It is the recognition that what we do today must not compromise the ability of future generations to meet the needs of tomorrow. Sometimes that means making an unpopular choice, sometimes it means accepting some present hardship for a future benefit. That's OK. We are stewards of Ann Arbor for residents yet to come. It is our obligation to make them proud