CORRECTION: Mayoral Candidate Lakesha Jordan: citizens need to know their voices matter
CORRECTION: In last night’s story regarding Mayoral Candidate, Lakesha Jordan, there was an incorrect statement saying that according to Jordan “negative comments and conversation in City Council is the reason it takes so long for decisions to be made.” Although, this was a paraphrase, Ms. Jordan never made any comments directly or indirectly mentioning Fairbanks City Council and its members. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused Ms. Jordan’s campaign. Next week, we will sit down with Ms. Jordan to revisit her stance on local issues.
Even though Lakesha Jordan has no political experience, she says she has a lot to offer if elected Fairbanks City Mayor. She says she has been a local advocate in Fairbanks for 17 years. She is also the current President for the Thrivalaska Board.
Jordan says negative comments and conversations in city council is the reason it takes so long for decisions to be made.
“I have seen so many different sorts of conflicts within politics that basically say if you’re a democrat or a republican, you’re this you’re that," said Jordan. "It’s very toxic communication. There's a more productive energy that deserves to be included in politics, one that simply says that all the members in the community do matter.”
Jordan wants to see more citizens involved in local politics. If elected, she says she plans on inviting more people to city hall to attend the meetings and help make decisions.
“To really sit down and start constructing solutions to many of the problems," began Jordan. "We’re looking at a potential over $1 million short fall next fiscal season. Things like that, getting to how we can overcome those short falls and literally create preventative measures, so that we're not in this same sort of situation in the future.”
Jordan says she has been working in mental and behavioral health for 10 years. She thinks mental health is the biggest problem the community is currently facing.
“People look at the behaviors of other people that are a problem, and they call out those behaviors," started Jordan; "but they what they never dig into is the root of what those problems are. Whether it is drug addiction, which is someone trying to self-medicate, whether it’s someone robbing or abusing someone because they are deflecting the abuse and the behaviors of their own fears. It doesn’t make it right, however, when we get to the root of what that problem is and start plucking it, we can get to healing, and we can get to productive movement forward.”
Jordan says her plans to change the conversation in city council will lead to more things getting done.
“If they believe in the change I’m looking to bring, then I welcome their vote,” said Jordan.
Jordan is running against incumbent Jim Matherly, Kathryn Dodge and Frank Turney.