What is ‘A New Day for La Plata’?

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In the past few months, signs with New Day for La Plata have been pop­ping up all over town. Many have asked, “What is ‘New Day for La Plata’ and what ex­actly does it mean?”

New Day for La Plata cap­tures our vi­sion for the fu­ture of La Plata. It in­cludes a team made up of multi-gen­er­a­tional can­di­dates who are united with com­mon goals and in­ter­ests, are for­ward think­ing, busi­ness-friendly and run­ning for our town elec­tion. We bring many dif­fer­ent view­points but have sim­i­lar thoughts about ways to work with our res­i­dents to make our town more fam­ily-friendly, re­de­vel­op­ment and how to end the stag­nant sta­tus quo. Our team brings a new vi­sion, en­ergy, ac­tion and sense of com­mu­nity to La Plata.

Vi­sion: We are driven by our cit­i­zens and their re­quests to re­tain the small town charm of La Plata while mak­ing it more fam­ily and busi­ness friendly. Our top pri­or­i­ties for the res­i­dents in­clude: cre­at­ing a walk­ing com­mu­nity in La Plata, at­tract­ing new fam­ily-friendly busi­nesses, of­fer­ing events in the town to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment through­out the year and re­pair­ing the in­fra­struc­ture (roads, side­walks, and water/ sewer lines). For busi­nesses, our vi­sion in­cludes help­ing them thrive by build­ing strong part­ner­ships, im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture and pro­mot­ing them as part of our com­mu­nity. We will mend the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Town, County and State so that we can work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of our cit­i­zens.

En­ergy: New Day for La Plata is en­er­gized and un­der­stands the need for a pos­i­tive change. We rep­re­sent a new dy­namic cou­pled with ex­pe­ri­ence, wis­dom, and in­tegrity. We have fresh, in­no­va­tive ideas that will bring La Plata into the 21st cen­tury while main­tain­ing our her­itage.

Ac­tion: New Day for La Plata will take ac­tion to re­vi­tal­ize the down­town by im­ple­ment­ing proven pro­grams de­signed to pre­serve the charm of a small town but in­cor­po­rate mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties. Our tax money has paid for sev­eral stud­ies on how to im­prove the down­town but these rec­om­men­da­tions have never been im­ple­mented. New Day for La Plata will work hard to im­ple­ment these rec­om­men­da­tions and make them be­come re­al­ity — not just another empty prom­ise. We are all about do­ing, not just say­ing we will do.

Com­mu­nity: This is our town — it be­longs to the cit­i­zens. New Day for La Plata will work hard for you. We have wit­nessed what can hap­pen when we work to­gether. New Day for La Plata con­tin­ues to give back to our com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing lo­cal events such as Rock­to­ber­fest, Shop La Plata, Spe­cial Olympic Torch Run and Zom­bie Run, Sham­rock Run, Kent Av­enue Cor­ri­dor Clean Up and Fox 5 Zip Trip, to name a few. When you live in a town that has a sense of com­mu­nity, we all win. By re­vi­tal­iz­ing the down­town area while pre­serv­ing our small town charm; im­ple­ment­ing art pro­grams, im­prov­ing busi­ness in­fra­struc­ture and mar­ket­ing La Plata to vis­i­tors and prospec­tive res­i­dents, we will be­come the pre­mier place to shop, dine and live. With your sup­port, May 2 will be a New Day for La Plata.

Jean­nine James, La Plata The writer is a can­di­date for mayor of La Plata.

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