Jerry Good­win to vie for Dis­trict 1 coun­cil seat

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In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with La Se­m­ana, Good­win ex­plained why he be­lieves the dis­trict needs new lead­er­ship and out­lined his goals should he pre­vail in the up­com­ing elec­tion.

“It’s al­ways been a part of my con­sti­tu­tion – of my DNA – to want to serve,” Good­win ex­plained, “and the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented it­self to serve in a greater ca­pac­ity when a group of in­di­vid­u­als in the com­mu­nity ap­proached me and asked if I would con­sider run­ning for city coun­cil.”

Good­win said the top of his agenda items for rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 1 are eco­nomic devel­op­ment and in­creased hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. He also feels that a bet­ter job could be done in in­ter­fac­ing with Tulsa po­lice.

“I think there’s an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove our re­la­tions with those in law en­force­ment,” Good­win said. “I’d like to see where we can be sure that those in­di­vid­u­als in law en­force­ment are very much aware of the con­cerns that we have in the com­mu­nity, and how we can work to­gether to es­tab­lish what I con­sider to be a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship, where we un­der­stand where they are and what they are try­ing to ac­com­plish and they also un­der­stand our con­cerns for our public safety and our needs.”

Good­win said public trans­porta­tion is an­other is­sue with the po­ten­tial to im­pact the dis­trict, but one he doesn’t feel has been dealt with in a man­ner that prop­erly en­gaged the com­mu­nity.

“I still think there’s a need for the ser­vice, now we just need to iden­tify where that need ex­ists and how we can best serve and ad­dress that need,” he said.

When it comes to eco­nomic devel­op­ment, Good­win likes to quote his late un­cle Ed Good­win, Jr., who said, “Busi­ness goes where it’s in­vited and stays where it’s ap­pre­ci­ated.”

“Right now we need to cre­ate a more hos­pitable, more invit­ing, more wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment in our com­mu­nity for busi­ness to want to lo­cate there and to do busi­ness there,” Good­win said, point­ing to the ef­forts of for­mer City Coun­cilor Jack Hen­der­son to bring a gro­cery store and a QuikTrip to the dis­trict as ini­tia­tives that need to be con­tin­ued and ex­panded on.

“I’d like to build on those suc­cesses and look for other op­por­tu­ni­ties like re­tail and restau­rants,” Good­win ob­served, “just hav­ing the ba­sic ameni­ties that any other com­mu­nity within the city of Tulsa has ac­cess to.”

Good­win said there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­ceive higher ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional train­ing in Tulsa – some of which are free – but that not ev­ery­one knows about them.

“If we could help peo­ple un­der­stand those op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able to them where they can get a free ed­u­ca­tion and then turn that ed­u­ca­tion into an op­por­tu­nity to get mean­ing­ful work and have a mean­ing­ful liv­ing and lifestyle, I think that will ben­e­fit our com­mu­nity greatly,” Good­win said.

Dis­trict 1 has a small but grow­ing His­panic pop­u­la­tion, and Good­win pledged to rep­re­sent them as en­thu­si­as­ti­cally as all the other res­i­dents of the dis­trict.

“I’m a strong ad­vo­cate for pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to make a home here for them­selves and to re­al­ize to the fullest ex­tent what Amer­ica has to of­fer,” he said.

Good­win faces in­cum­bent Vanessa Hall-Harper in the non-par­ti­san elec­tion to be held on Au­gust 28. (La Se­m­ana)

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