David will advocate for:
- Substantial increases in budget allocations to social services and community organizations
- Prioritizing hiring mental health first responders and other community based alternatives to policing and incarceration
- Strong safeguards against corporations polluting our city
- Accessible healthcare and healthy food
Our children deserve to live free from fear of all types of violence and to grow up in a healthy, well-resourced environment with accessible services and programs. Communities have a right to reimagine public safety and push back on institutions that cause and perpetuate harm. Everyone in Knoxville has a right to the physical and mental healthcare they need to thrive. Knoxvillians deserve to live in a city that works to build accessible hospitals and healthcare facilities, not close them.
Our communities need robust and full-funded services created by and for Knoxvillians. Police are not an appropriate response to many emergencies and chronic issues in our communities. We need services and first responders that fit our communities’ needs and encourage community connectivity, not community division.
Essential programs and services include but are not limited to: youth engagement and mentoring, mental health and addiction recovery, job training and placement, access to low-cost, quality legal representation and medical care, homeless services, mediation and restorative justice processes. City support for nonprofit and community organizations that specialize in these programs and services must be prioritized in the city budget to ensure that our communities are well-resourced, healthy, and safe.