Commentary: BALTIMORE CITY COUNCILMANIC DISTRICT 13: The State of the District
By Mrs. Shannon Sneed, Candidate for District 13
(BALTIMORE – May 27, 2011) - Like most areas throughout the Nation, Baltimore City’s District 13 is struggling to recover from one of the worst economic crisis in modern history. The issues of unemployment, safety, failing schools, abandoned properties, and a lack of plans and direction for rebuilding the community’s non-commercial landscape, for example, threaten to push an already struggling community deeper into a state of despair. Although there are some commercial segments of our community that are striving, the fact remains the community as a whole is in crisis and needs a detailed blueprint for responding to the very devastating concerns that our residents face in their daily lives.
Charles Darwin once wrote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most responsive to change.” In order to effectively survive and navigate these very tough economic challenges; it’s time for political change in District 13. The residents of District 13 are in desperate need of a new political vision that seeks to bring about meaningful change and galvanizes District 13’s community leaders and partners for an all out effort to better serve this culturally rich and diverse community.
We need a City Council person, for example, who has the drive, compassion, skills, talents, and commitment to providing a better sense of direction for creating jobs; creating an educational environment in our neighborhood schools that allows our teachers to teach; to provide a new direction in community-based childcare services one that focuses on helping children from single-parent households nurture very basic reading, writing, math, and social skills; to provide funding for community activities that promote a safe and wholesome family atmosphere; to partner with community-based organizations to cleanup and secure abandoned properties as well as renovate and provide quality affordable housing; to work with federal agencies to provide accessible healthcare; one who works tirelessly to provide a cleaner community environment; and a vibrant business partnership.
That’s the type of leadership and community building blueprint that the next City Council member must be able to lay bare in order to best assist District 13 residents in their efforts to successfully navigate the daily challenges they face during these extremely difficult times.
The upcoming elections this fall will represent a noteworthy opportunity for District 13 residents to not only make their voices heard in regards to who will represent them and how they want to be represented, but also set a new standard for the level of accountability as well as the type of skills, talents, and leadership abilities they want in future community leaders and representatives!
This is a critical time for District 13 and I pray that we all take a stand for a more vested interest in carefully selecting the next group of political representatives that we choose to advocate on our behalf.
FMI, visit www.ShannonSneed.com.