Everyone in Madison should feel safe, and right now too many of our residents do not.
Many of us feel helpless in the face of such a complicated problem without an obvious solution. Madison can’t do it alone. We need leadership that can bring in ideas from the city, county, and state levels to create a comprehensive approach. It’s not enough to treat the symptoms; we need to address deficits in economic and educational opportunities that constitute the root of the problem. Our residents need to be able to find jobs that pay a living wage.
We cannot ignore stark inequalities in who is affected. Marginalized groups, primarily people of color, are disproportionately the victims of crime while also experiencing disparities in the criminal justice system, jobs market and more. Madison law enforcement has made strides towards equitable policing, but there is still progress to be made. Tension between civilians and police officers limits the city’s ability to reduce crime and earn trust in the community. I am committed to bringing together the voices we need to build a safer Madison.