As a current Executive Director of LEAP, a non profit youth development organization, Richard has a deep commitment to ensuring young people have the supports and opportunities they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. He views young people as “resources” who have much to offer rather than as “problems” that need to be treated or fixed.
As a active Partner In Education with CMCSS and current public school parent. Richard believes that every child should have the opportunity to receive an excellent education. He believes that public investments in education and youth programs pay off for all of us. He supports expanded school options, the college & career academies, universal pre-K, quality after-school programs, and a greater voice for parents in their children’s schools.
Richard has been on the front lines of the fight to maintain and expand affordable housing for Clarksville residents. His organization has gone from providing transitional rental housing to collaborating with other agencies to acquire/build homes so that low income families and wounded warriors can achieve home ownership. As a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, he brings a wealth of knowledge about buying and selling real estate and is devoted to his client’s best interest and provides professional service with goal-oriented solutions.
In his role as Executive Director of LEAP, Richard has leveraged his resources on several occassions to create businesses incubators to support small businesses in growing. He has also pointed countless local entrepreneurs gain access to resources to to start for profit and non profit businesses. He believes the City needs to more aggressively advance contracting to minority- and women-owned firms. Richard understands that small businesses have the ability to be an asset to their communities if properly supported.
Richard believes that it is imperative to reform the way the council addresses issues. Personal issues and agendas must be set aside to address the concerns of the constituents we serve with the focus on how the decisions will affect the future constituents 10 to 20 years from now. He strongly supports participatory budgeting, as a way to empower ordinary citizens to determine the allocation of discretionary funds in the City budget.