For A Better Tomorrow
John has dedicated himself to serving others. John works for the US Intelligence Community at MacDill Air Force Base, supporting our troops.
Within the Tampa community, John serves as an active foster parent for our city's most at-risk youth, volunteers at our local schools, and serves on numerous boards and committees.
Our city has waited for too long for real transportation solutions. Rather than starting with pre-defined transportation solutions, we need leaders who create a transportation plan built on safety, affordability, accessibility, convenience, and environmental sustainability.
We need to make sure our roads are repaved, sidewalks are connected and repaired, bicyclists are able to commute safely, and mass transportation is accessible and reliable.
As Tampa grows, we need to make sure that growth in benefiting our current residents, not pricing them out of the city; we need to make sure Tampa is a city that your children and grandchildren are able to afford to come back to and buy a home.
We need leaders who will work to increase Tampa's housing supply and supply of affordable housing. We also need to fight to expand our mass transit system to provide all in Tampa an affordable and reliable means of navigating our city.
Tampa's formation was one of diversity—our ongoing diversity is one of our greatest strengths. It is why we are one of the fastest growing cities in the US and why our businesses are thriving and corporations are now looking to Tampa.
Our leaders must be advocates for all our neighbors, advocates for protecting and celebrating this diversity. Tampa needs to be known as a city where all are welcomed and celebrated, regardless of who you love, what color your skin is, what god you worship, or what your abilities are.
We need to be planning ahead in order to maintain and solidify the exceptional growth Tampa has been experiencing. We need smart community planning to guide and encourage the growth in sustainable ways—revamping zoning throughout the city, reforming parking minimum requirements, and pushing for an expanded permitting department.
We must also work to strengthen ties between the city and our local universities and connect entrepreneurs and Tampa's innovation and technology community to make Tampa a vibrant place to start and grow a business.
A revitalized downtown has our city booming; we now need a renewed focus on all our neighborhoods—they are the building blocks of Tampa and it is our responsibility to preserve their unique characters.
We need to focus on potholes, parks, sidewalks, and streetlights. We also need to ensure new development in our neighborhoods matches and enriches the neighborhood's character.
An Accessible Tampa
“The average person will outlive their ability to drive by 10 years,” Godwin said. “And we are one of the leading destinations for veterans, many of whom have service-related disabilities—it is our responsibility to ourselves, our neighbors, and those who served our country to make this city accessible to everyone.”
An Affordable Tampa
“4 out of 5 Americans will live near poverty, without work, at least once in their lives. The vast majority of us will struggle with affordability at least once, or our children and family will. We must address transportation, housing and nutrition availability in Tampa."