Protect Private Property Rights

One of the most fundamental freedoms is the right to own property.  While courthouses, government buildings, and other publicly owned areas are appropriate places to regulate, private property should be free from as much government interference as possible.   As a general rule, absent a direct, measurable, and unavoidable harm to others, regulations or restrictions should not be placed on the use or enjoyment of private property.

I pledge to protect the private property rights of all individuals and businesses, even those with whom I disagree.  I will not let my personal opinion of how others exercise liberty interfere with their right to do so.

Reduce Wasteful Spending

It is tempting to think that local government is in a better position to solve problems than the state or federal system.  But the truth is, the vast majority of problems are best solved by citizens, without government intrusion at any level.   As such, government should make expenditures only on necessities, and not on projects that are the whim of special interests or select voting blocks.

I pledge to only support future expenditures that are necessary, and will heavily scrutinize existing spending in an aggressive attempt to lower expenses.

Respect the Free Market / No Picking of Winners and Losers

Government should not attempt to manipulate the free market in an attempt to ensure a particular outcome.  Special treatment or favoritism toward specific individuals or businesses at the expense of others is unacceptable.  Wherever possible, government should be neutral and unbiased towards the people it represents.

I pledge to oppose Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and other unequal taxation or regulatory matters that approach specific entities as being more favored by government than others.

Increase Government Transparency

It is hollow and empty to suggest that citizens have a duty to participate in the political process, while simultaneously keeping that process hidden from them.  Wherever possible, government workings should be open and available, without endless red tape or paperwork needed to access them.

I pledge to work toward providing more effective documentation of government activity, as well as providing more comprehensive access to such information available online.