As your newest elected official, I want to first thank those who supported me for your overwhelming support. For those who didn’t support me, please know that I am here to represent every resident in Hallandale. My priority now is on those things that affect us most: traffic and taxes. Both of these issues are very complex, and will require time, compromise and cooperation from everyone to address. I’m optimistic that with time and attention, we can positively impact them both. But there is no magic bullet: it has taken many years for our City to get where it is today. One unfortunate impact from our traffic congestion is the potential deterioration in safety, particularly for pedestrians and bicyclists. We are a beach community but beach parking is limited. Encouraging more people to walk and ride has many positive effects, from reducing cars on the road to improving health. Shaded contiguous sidewalks, well-marked crosswalks and bike lanes, and better lighting can all help contribute to everyone’s safety and enjoyment in our beautiful City. Finally, I’ve been more than impressed by our incredibly talented staff of professionals at the City. They are committed and dedicated, and I want to thank them for their hard work. Much of the reason I chose to run for office was to ensure the progress we’ve made continues. And I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of our City than I am now. Have patience: good things are on the way!