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A Fresh Perspective,
With a Vision for the Future.

Jesse's Plan for Springfield

Jesse is running for Mayor to build an accessible, responsive, professional local government that can meet the needs of all our neighborhoods. 

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Improving Access to City Services & Making Local Government More Responsive

  • Upgrade and modernize the 311 Call Center to make sure that when you call City Hall, you get your issue addressed - the first time. 

  • Implement a public facing data driven platform so you can track the city's progress on municipal projects and services.

  • Move more city forms and processes online for easy access and convenience

  • Appoint the dozens of vacant seats on Boards and Commissions through a transparent process to open up the doors to City Hall and bring more voices to the table to solve our city's most pressing challenges. 

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Creating Housing to Meet the Needs of the City of Homes

  • Fund the Springfield Housing Trust Fund to increase resources to restore aging housing stock and spur development of new housing.

  • Prioritize Code Enforcement to focus on absentee landlords and blight. 

  • Create an Office of Housing Navigation & Tenant Protection. 

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An Education System Built for Our Students, That Values Our Educators

  • Engage parents and teachers in the decision making process for their schools, and grant autonomy for innovation within each individual school building. 

  • Create direct pathways for Springfield Public School students to career and higher education opportunities in the public and private sector, right here in Springfield. 

  • Support pathways to education licensure for paraprofessionals in our school district. 

  • Ensure Springfield Public School employees receive the same family & medical leave benefits afforded to private and state sector employees. 


Building Community Based Public Safety Initiatives 

  • Invest in community based public safety initiatives that target the root causes of crime and violence. 

  • Improve recruitment efforts to ensure our Police force is fully staffed.

  • Restore the full authority of the Springfield Police Commission, and commit to a transparent appointment process for it's members.

  • Expand partnerships to appropriately respond to mental health related emergencies.

  • Work closely with community members and law enforcement to comply with and lift the federal consent decree & achieve national accreditation to ensure best practices in policing and public safety.

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Investing in Economic Development Projects that Benefit All Our Neighborhoods

  • Establish a Municipal Bank to partner with existing financial institutions to finance economic development projects in neighborhoods that have historically been left behind, improve infrastructure, and return profits to the city budget.

  • Redistribute funds from casino reserve accounts to support small business development in neighborhood economic centers.

  • Refocus the Department of Economic Development to market Springfield to growing industries nationwide, attracting employers who will pay a living wage and giving our next generation the opportunity to build their own businesses. 

  • Enforce the laws we have put on the books to ensure public construction projects benefit local workers. 


Expanding Access for Seniors & Veterans to Services, Benefits, and Programming

  • Invest in expanded transportation options to support seniors and veterans in accessing existing services including our Senior Centers, as well as daily needs.

  • Improve programming and services offered at local Senior Centers to include digital and financial literacy, home care guidance, housing navigation, and entertainment.

  • Support veterans who are recently discharged through discharge follow up, disability certification, housing voucher application guidance, and compensated work therapy assistance.

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Municipal Fiber Internet Service & Stabilizing Utility Costs

  • Build a municipal fiber internet network to ensure high-speed, affordable internet access for all residents, end the monopoly of big internet companies, and spur economic development.

  • Implement Community Choice Energy Aggregation to prioritize more stable electric rates and support the development of renewable energy.

  • Work with state and federal partners to secure funding to improve water infrastructure and provide relief to rate-payers. 

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Focusing on Neighborhood Quality of Life

  • Expand street sweeping and formalize a true clean city initiative to rid our streets of trash. 

  • Oversee the conversion of our outdated streetlights to more modern and efficient LED lighting technology. 

  • Prioritize pedestrian safety by redesigning our roadways to slow vehicle speeds and ensure safe crossings. 

  • Engage residents directly in the process to determine future spending in their neighborhoods through participatory budgeting.

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