By Lynn Miller
When Dorothy Brown announced her candidacy for Mayor of Chicago, she expressed several concerns about the future of our city. In Part 2 of this series, Dorothy gets specific about how these concerns inspired her to say, “The time is now to run for Mayor of Chicago.”
Dorothy, one of the most important concerns behind why you are running for Mayor of Chicago, is our children and how they are being educated—what are your thoughts on how we can address these concerns?
“We need to make sure our children are getting a high quality education so that they can compete locally and globally. We also need to provide pre-K education for every child so that they do not start school with an academic disadvantage. A similar concern about parents competing for a small number of slots in certain magnet schools. Why limit good education to magnet schools? Every school should have a magnet school quality education. We also need to think beyond reading, writing and arithmetic and meet children where they are in their social and emotional development. Many children suffer from PTSD and would benefit by helping them deal with conflict resolution. These are all keys to developing alternatives to crime.”
What is your vision for an economic development plan in every sector of our city?
“My vision is that all sectors of the community are work together. I plan to appoint a deputy in each community who will work with a committee made up of institutions that represent every aspect of the community.” Creating a community-focused economic development plan that supports health and wealth building is critical to building vibrant, growing communities. I want to attract developers that will plan what we want to plan for a community vs. what they want. Attracting developers that are focused on rebuilding abandoned buildings and abandoned businesses for much lower costs will make more people want to live there, move there, work there, and raise their families. We need to attract developers that agree to renovate buildings at a price that makes it affordable for members of the community.
What do you want to say to our young adult (millennial) readers about how they can make a difference in your campaign?
“I want to say I’m expecting you to vote–I’m expecting you to make a difference in this election—get involved!
I need you to help me make a difference for you. A lot of people don’t trust elected officials. I have a proven track record for doing what I say I am going to do so you can trust me—you can count on me.”
“The time is now to get involved in this next election. This is a fork in the road experience. We can move Chicago and all Chicagoans forward, or we can just stand still keep the status quo, keep crime continuing and keep our children under-educated. This is the time—the time is now!”
Part 3–Final Thoughts about moving all of Chicago forward and making Chicago a World-Class City.