The Township Supervisor's Office is an office vitally important to the health and well being of our community. It is an interface, perhaps the first interface, between the citizens of the community and community government. For those who don't know, although Peoria, IL touts that it is a healthy community (which in many aspects it is) it unfortunately has been named the worst place in America for Black individuals and Black families to live by online magazine 24/7 Wall Street.
The Shake Up
Yes, Peoria, for those who don't know, is the home of CAT Inc., (Caterpillar Inc.) one of the nation's largest, most successful Fortune 500 and Dow 30 industrial companies. Many Black individuals and families that live in Peoria, do so because of the Industrial Revolution as many of those families were initially CAT employees. Many remaining so even today.
Directly from the Black community, Peoria is also the home of Richard Pryor, and recent NBA Champion and standout, Shaun Livingston, who is a spectacular young man. One would think that Blacks would have healthy and ample opportunities in many aspects based on those factors and others, but the truth is that even Richard was shunned by the rich, powerful and White elite of Peoria, while another frequent Peoria visitor, Al Capone, a murderer, and mob boss, was and is nearly praised for his association with the city.
The Opportunity In Our View:
While I am not a politician, ( I was of course a Student Council President, American Legion Award winner and recipient, and Class President in High School freshman year) what I know I am is a servant of God. I am a minister that has served the community for nearly 20 years in a pastoral capacity and 30 years as a minister of the gospel. My ministry, has been about service to anyone and all in need for quite a number of years. The government has not helped us serve one person along the way and we are glad for the hand of the Lord in all that has been done.
I have been afforded the opportunity to experience Peoria from nearly every aspect and angle. What that means, is that not only have I served in my capacity to serve, reaching out and changing lives, but I have also lived in Peoria with money and I have lived in Peoria without money. I have been both with and without a job. At times, all bills have been paid and at other times, I couldn't afford to pay attention. I have purchased brand new cars of the lot for cash, and I have had cars repossessed. That's is simply the truth. In other words, I am a candidate for the office, and probably one of very few, that is unashamed to say that I am familiar with not only wealth and the opportunities that it brings to families and communities, but also poverty, and what it does both to the individual and to the family.
That interface, between wealth and poverty, between self sustaining ability and poverty is where the Township Office comes into play...The Township Office should be a place of compassionate rescue or an assistance to some who have fallen through the cracks, including the working poor, who need a little help but have no or very few places to turn and in some cases no one to turn to at all.
A city that has been rated as the worst place in America or Black Americans to live, has forgotten or missed that vision and understanding of the real nature of suffering within the community. However, it is that vision, the vision that no one need to suffer without help and a solid, compassionate and concerned councilor that I would like to paint as the Township Supervisor, not just to Blacks, because to assume that only Black individuals and families need help is to makes the huge mistake that poverty is somehow limited to race. Unfortunately for all of us, poverty reaches all races, all colors and all creeds. Though we may never eliminate poverty, we can better address it and open doors of new horizons toward a new day, but WE must have the vision to do so...
Because of my experience on both ends of the spectrum, I have developed a solid platform of action and a way that I believe that the Township Office can be better utilized to serve our community.
The areas that a Burnett Township Supervisor's Office will address within its first 90 days are:
1- Poverty & Economic Opportunity ( a plan aimed at breaking cycles)
2- Education & Apprenticeships (new path networking with intention & purpose)
3- Upgrade delivery of Core Services(systems, operations, locations and accessibility)
4- Creation and implementation of a community engagement plan.
5- Strategic realignment of services
6- New Revenues, New Sources & Streams Of Income (fundraising)
7- Social activism by promoting new city ordinances in favor of victims of poverty.
8- Re-branding of office cultureThese are some of the primary areas that a Burnett Township Supervisor's office will address within the first 90 days in office. The Burnett Township Supervisor's Office will be the first governmental agency within Peoria to proactively take the LEAD in addressing issues of poverty and quality of life for all Township citizens.
Politician? NO...SERVANT? YES!
Elections are about electing someone to what is called PUBLIC SERVICE? That's what I do and have done for a number of years quite successfully in this city. To help the community does not always mean making friends. Enemies can be enemies and they will do so on their own accord for whatever motivation that is in their heart. If becoming an enemy makes the quality of life better for all citizens and undergirds the poor and impoverished and those in transition in this community, then call me public enemy #1
For those outside the city and in various countries reading this, please pray that the will of the LORD be don in this matter. For those in Peoria, support this campaign and further show your support by voting. That will be the difference that makes a difference in this case.
Theme: WE are more than able!
Num. 13:30 ~ And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.