PLATFORM


PLATFORM


1.      Criminal​ ​Justice​ ​Reform​ ​ and​ ​Community​ ​Safety:

Jordan is deeply concerned with the recent level of violent crime that has plagued our city. He knows that violence doesn’t just impact those involved in each incident, but it leaves a lasting trauma in all of those who reside in the community; it destroys quality of life, and produces far-reaching negative health outcomes. The causes of violence are complex, and so too will be the solutions. It will take active participation and trust of community leaders, faith advocates, city police, nonprofit organizations, and many more. Jordan is a strong advocate of community policing that works to build trust between the residents of the City of Wilmington and the police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders who work day-in and day-out to maintain safetyin our community.

What we can do:

• Reform Board of Pardons
• Reform Bail system
• Increase training, classes, and work opportunities for inmates
• Support nonprofits that address recidivism
• Expand counseling for victims of violence

2.      Economic​ ​Development​ ​and​ ​ Well​ ​Paying​ ​Jobs:

As the state’s largest multinational corporations continue to leave, taking many well paying jobs with them, Jordan believe’s the ingenuity of Delawareans can fill the void. The city of Wilmington, and the state as a whole, have great community resources, such as the state’s library system, or the University of Delaware’s business incubator, for example, which are not being utilized to their full potential. We also need to have safe neighborhoods, quality amenities
and a strong supplemental economy to meet the needs of employers to attract and retain talent.

What we can do:

• Support small business from idea to completion
• Expand micro-financing of small business loans
• Promote innovation districts and business incubators throughout Wilmington
• Create an environment that supports the needs of large businesses to attract quality employees
• Expand training & workforce development for emerging industries
• Reform the Division of Professional Regulations
• Encourage Port of Wilmington and industrial site redevelopment

3.      Education:

All Delawareans should have access to high quality education that focuses on career and college readiness. To do this, we have to adapt. We must update our funding formula for schools and ensure our curriculum and teachers reflect the changing demographics of our students to better meet their needs. As a graduate of Cab Calloway, Jordan understands the importance of investment in the arts and programs to stimulate the creativity and critical thinking needed to succeed. And as an advocate for specialized education, Jordan recognizes the benefit all students gain through introduction to and utilization of arts programs.

What we can do:

• Reconsider the weight of standardized tests
• Encourage stronger recruitment of minority teachers
• Adequately staff school psychologists and school counselors
• Invest in the arts and other creative school programs
• Expand career pathways

4.     Physical​ ​Health,​ ​Behavioral​ ​ Health​ ​and​ ​Population​ ​ Health​ ​Disparities:

All Delawareans, regardless of age, income status or ability to pay, should have access to high quality healthcare. We know that where we live matters. Life expectancy and health outcomes can vary based on your zip code, and in a place as small as Wilmington, that shouldn’t be the case.

What we can do:

• Encourage healthy eating programs, green spaces, and exercise
• Incentivize hiring of more behavioral health practitioners, primary care doctors and dentists
• Expand syringe services program (helps reduce spread of STDs and controls opiates use)
• Expand funding for Narcan to reduce overdosing from opiates

5.      Services​ ​for​ ​Women,​ ​ Children​ ​and​ ​Families:

The future of Wilmington, and, more broadly, the state itself, lies in the children growing up in Delaware communities today. Yet, because he was largely raised by his grandmother and other community mentors, Jordan understands that more of today’s youth are growing up without two parent households and in unique family structures that need our support.

What we can do:

• Provide holistic services for children and youth
• Fund nonprofits that have a proven track record of results
• Expand after-school programs & early childhood education
• Reform qualifications for families taking in foster care children
• Expand training for social workers who place children in foster care

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