This month I will be asking Phoenixville Borough to appoint me to the Civil Service Commission. The CSC is responsible for interviewing, hiring, disciplining and (in rare, and unfortunate cases) firing police officers in the Borough. If accepted to the CSC, it would be an important step towards preparing for my hopeful role as Mayor of Phoenixville, since the Mayor’s primary role is to direct the activities of the police department.
I am compelled to run for office by two factors: inspiration from Bernie Sanders, and alarm at the election of Donald Trump. It seemed as though we had fertile ground for progress, then wound up with the election of Trump. We all need to mobilize to oppose impending environmental, civil rights and labor travesties that may unfold during the next two (if congress/Senate swing in 2018) to eight years. That’s why I am running. I’ve been mobilized.
If elected as Mayor, I would use my position to promote an ordinance that required all new construction to meet a 50% renewable energy threshold.
As Mayor, I would argue against corporate subsidies for developers (known in Phoenixville as LERTA). I would argue that any and all subsidies would need to go towards conserving what open space remains and the rest would go to a renewable energy rebate program for current home-owners.
I am also a strong supporter of the Steeltown project. Steeltown is a proposed low-income housing initiative which is well underway, but is still in the planning phases. I will try to bring viable solutions to the planning committee and the Steeltown stakeholders to reduce the carbon footprint for that important development.
I would work with the Infrastructure Committee to encourage implementation of two new citizen engagement tools. First, a platform for flagging public works needs, the other for collecting citizen opinions on issues being considered by Borough Council, so that the council can better represent (and more easily collaborate with) their constituents.
I have already begun working with one Councilman on creating a Tenant Rights Authority to penalize landlords who are bad actors in the Borough. Some tenants being intimidated, some are being charged for other tenants’ utilities and others are having their leases wrongfully terminated. A Tenant Rights Authority would be a major step in protecting against landlord abuses in Phoenixville.
These initiatives themselves are enough to keep a Mayor busy for 4 years, and I’ve got even more ideas (Like an Environmental Authority) and look forward to hearing your ideas in the near future.
I am running as a Green Party candidate. I am excited to join with the Green Party to see what initiatives are underway and to help promote and build a greener future. I hope that which ever towns we are from, we can join together and make Chester County more ripe for progress.
– Nate Craig