Baltimore City's District Council 8 is confronted with many economic and social crises. The state of our community provides an extraordinary opportunity for visionary leadership at every level. My passion for serving on the council did not, however, begin with the 2011 race. Rather, I ran in the previous two Councilmatic races because of steadily declining sections of our community, escalation in violent crimes, poor constituency services and cronyism. Many of the same issues that existed in the prior two council races still persist today. We entrust our collective well-being in the hands of our elected officials. Regrettably, we have been let down by unethical and illegal conduct. Residents of the 8th District deserve better from their council member. If elected, as a public servant, I will offer better constituency services, accessibility, honesty and accountability.