What do you believe is the most overlooked issue for our region? How will you help address this issue?
Systemic racism is easily overlooked in a region that is more than 96% white. Eliminating systemic racial barriers and racial harassment in housing, banking, policing and education are critical to maintaining and growing the economy in the region. The most robust economies in the US also have the greatest racial diversity. The first step is to acknowledge that systemic racism exists in Grand Traverse County. The second step is to identify and address specific issues in policing, banking, housing and education as a priority.