Nida on the Issues
Fighting for safe & healthy communities
We must fight for a Durham where everyone is safe and able to thrive in a healthy environment. We know our communities are safer when law enforcement is trained to de-escalate situations and when our schools are better resourced with counselors and social workers. We are healthier when residents have access to safe and affordable places to live and when children have access to green spaces to play.
We must address crime by investing in supportive services for returning citizens like health services, housing support, and job training. In North Carolina, 40 percent of people who exit prison re-offend within three years. We must address problems at their root causes.
Fighting for high-quality education
We must fight for a Durham where access to a high-quality education is a right, not a privilege. While the state of North Carolina may be at the bottom of the nation in per-pupil funding and resources for teachers, Durham does not have to be. We must make the investments in our students and teachers to ensure that we are preparing our children for the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow.
Education goes beyond secondary school. If we want to maximize the potential of every one of our residents, we must work to make sure that parents and workers have access to continuing education and job training opportunities they need.
Fighting for accountability
We must fight for a Durham where the government truly reflects the will of the people. There is possibly no greater responsibility from our elected officials than to be honest, and transparent. We do this by providing services like childcare and transportation during County Commission meetings, ensuring any resident who wants to be heard is able to do so. We do this by providing clear and transparent evaluations of county services and programs. We do this by increasing the opportunities for feedback and collaboration through more community forums and citizen workgroups. Durham is strong when we all pitch in.
Fighting to remove barriers and build bridges to inclusive communities
We must fight for a Durham where every single resident, no matter their race, gender, income, or country of origin can fully participate and contribute to our community. We do this by investing in transportation and job training, making public resources available by providing language services for our non-English speaking residents and supporting our Department of Social Services to ensure they have enough staffing and resources to meaningfully serve Durham residents.
Our communities are stronger when every single voice feels heard and when residents have access to the resources they need to thrive.
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