As a criminologist, Nicolette understands the data-driven solutions needed to increase the safety of residents of all ages and abilities. She has experience working with law enforcement and advocates for community focused policing. A community is best protected when residents have a strong relationship with their local law enforcement. Those relationships are built on consistent presence in our community. As your Commissioner in District 4, Nicolette will always be a strong proponent of our law enforcement and will fight to ensure they have the resources needed to protect our community.
As our community grows, we need to plan to expand our law enforcement and first responders accordingly. This requires being in tune with safety experts and acting on their evidence based advice in a timely fashion. We need to create budgets in anticipation of events, not in reaction to them. Nicolette will advocate for scientific based best practices and will always keep citizen safety as her top priority.
The growth in District 4 can be seen on almost every corner. Our District is feeling the growing pains as we sit in traffic and drive on roads in need of improvements. We need to focus on enhancing public transportation that will decrease commute time, reduce road erosion, and is environmentally sound. Nicolette will work diligently to support the expansion of our existing transportation services to meet the needs of residents, specifically those living with a disability and our veterans. When Nicolette is your Commissioner, she will work to ensure that growth is beneficial for all Orange County families.
We need a dedicated source of funding for public transportation to ensure the needs of all our residents are met. Our students, veterans, and communities with disabilities have gone too long without viable access to public transportation they so rightly deserve. Nicolette recently visited the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona to tour the facility and had an important conversation with the Public Affairs Officer, about the need for accessible public transportation for all of our veterans to medical centers. One of her first priorities as Commissioner will be to tackle this issue head on and come up with solutions that will alleviate the pain and stress our veterans and disabled communities face on a day to day basis.
While the City of Orlando has committed to a hundred percent renewable energy by 2050, Orange County has not made the same commitment to its residents. The large majority of District 4 is unincorporated and is not included in the renewable energy goals set forth by the City of Orlando. We cannot wait for Tallahassee or Washington to act. We need to act here, locally in Orange County, because we know what works best for us. Investing in renewable resources is both smart for our economy and for our health. With falling costs and job opportunities abundant, all of Orange County should be following the lead of the City of Orlando, and when Nicolette is your Commissioner, she will fight for the sustainability of our environment.
Orange County needs to take steps to expand our solar co-ops, we need to move all county buildings to solar and other reusable resources, and we need to make it easier for local businesses to recycle. We are the fourth largest county in the state, it is our responsibility to be the ones who take the lead, to set an example for how we can best serve our residents. We have a responsibility to our children and grandchildren. As your next Commissioner for District 4, Nicolette will be a leader for our environment.