"I want to express my gratitude to the residents of District 2 who have placed their trust in me to serve as their City Council representative. I will be honored and proud to serve my District 2 residents and neighbors if re-elected for a second term" - Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan
Our roads are in desperate need of repair, our streets lack adequate lighting, and many of us cannot use the sidewalks. District 2 has a reputation of being unsafe, and we need to change the narrative.
As councilwoman, I have focused on ensuring that our streets and sidewalks are accessible to everyone and prioritized our neighborhoods that have been forgotten and neglected. I will continue to work with Councilman Treviño and the rest of City Council to have our sidewalks improved as outlined in his Sidewalk Master Plan.
Safety has proven to be a top priority to my neighbors here in D2. Vehicles and homes are being burglarized, families feel unsafe, and our community's relationship with law enforcement officers has been challenging. We need to work together.
I have committed to working to ensure our community's residents, neighborhood associations, and law enforcement officers have the resources they need to be effective. In addition, I have and will continue to support community policing efforts that foster a positive relationship between the community and law enforcement.
Our local government is not accessible to everyone. I am proud of the recent accomplishments of our city council to make City Council meetings more inclusive, but we must continue our improvement efforts.
I will continue to work for you, it is my responsibility to listen and hear your voice. This includes promptly answering emails and phone calls, hosting town halls where your voice can be amplified, and making city council accessible to all. All issues before city council should be available to the public, summarized in 250 words or less at a 6th-grade reading level, in English and Spanish, and available in other languages by request.
Areas all over San Antonio are changing swiftly, and District 2 is no exception. It is important that the changes that occur are beneficial to us and our neighbors first and foremost, not developers and their wallets.
District 2 will change, and we need a seat at the table when these decisions are being made to ensure our community's culture and character are maintained. Beautifying our city does not mean getting rid of the community that originally built it. I will continue to make sure our message is heard loud and clear: our homes, our businesses, and our neighborhoods are here to stay.
Many people have been devasted by the unexpected and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic. District 2 felt the devasting effects of COVID-19 as lives were lost, businesses shut down, schools closed and workers were furloughed by the thousands.
Fortunately, we have various COVID-19 relief funds such as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses and the Texas Rent Relief Program to help us slowly transition to the new normal. COVID-19 safety supply kits to help small businesses and nonprofits prepare to reopen their doors have been distributed while vaccination sites have increased.
The City of San Antonio has been providing initial vaccinations to those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19, but I will continue to work with the city to ensure all District 2 residents have opportunity and accessibility to COVID-19 vaccinations.
Photo by Eric Gay /Associated Press. Turner, other Texas mayors urge Biden to send COVID vaccines directly to big cities. San Antoni Express-News. Jan 14 2021.
We need to protect our district and the people who have built it. We need to be included in the discussion of development and revitalization plans throughout the District. Our small businesses have been staples in the community and we've seen too many lost and replaced by developments that don't hire from within our district.
I will continue to fight to protect our community by promoting policies that will ensure community landmarks are structured into development plans and promote equitable opportunities for our district's business owners and the people who live, work, and dream in District 2.