Transparency

I want us to go beyond open meeting laws and will propose:

  • All Council deliberations and decisions are transacted in public, with amplification so all present can hear speakers clearly
  • Council meetings, and as many board and committee meetings as possible, are live-streamed and available on Amherst Media
  • Draft minutes of all meetings are immediately available.

Access

My priority is for all residents to be able to participate in decision making, which means:

  • Public comment and dialogue are built in to board and committee meetings
  • Appointments to committees and boards reflect the diversity of opinion in Amherst
  • A pool of volunteers diverse in race, class, LGBT, and age –  as well as parents and guardians of school-age children, and users of various town services – are actively recruited for town boards and committees
  • Monthly open roundtable/dialogue session are implemented between the Council and public

Responsiveness

I will offer and promote regular contact with residents through:

  • Office hours and/or monthly constituent meetings in District 5
  • Rapid response to constituent questions and concerns