Read where Tara stands on the important issues:
Special Election Series from Austin Weekly News - featuring where Tara stands on the issues that matter most to YOU!
- Everything you need to know to vote Feb. 26
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- Austin residents say key to public safety is rebuilding relationships between community and police
- Austin residents still searching for jobs, financial security
- Aldermen need to be more accessible, help connect residents to resources
Tara wants to get streetlights working, pot-holes filled, and ensure that everyone feels safe on their block. But Tara knows that reducing crime can't rely on policing alone, which is why she wants to see more after-school programs and mental health services in the neighborhood.
More and more Black people are being priced out and pushed out of Chicago neighborhoods. Tara's dedicated to bringing more affordable housing, rent control, and sufficient services to protect the elderly to the ward, so that the people who live there can stay there. That also means stopping Mayor Emanuel's proposed cop academy in the ward, which would raise property taxes and push out long-term residents, and demanding community-driven investments instead.
The 37th ward has one of the highest unemployment rates in the City. Young people, veterans, single moms and dads, formerly incarcerated people, and all who just want to provide for their families deserve living wage jobs. Tara wants to bring quality jobs to the ward, including training programs that lead to long-term hires.
Strong Public Schools
Good schools are the backbones of healthy communities. Tara is dedicated to bringing more wrap-around services to the public schools in the ward, and ensuring every child has access to quality education. She'll also fight to ensure that the 37th ward gets its fair share of infrastructure funding for the out-dated facilities in our ward.