On April 7, the city of Ferguson, Missouri held its elections for City Council. Doyle McClellan, a Lewis and Clark Assistant Professor of Computer Network Security and Administration, was in the running for City Ward #1.
“Ferguson is at a crucial point. Right now, almost every resident is asking questions about race in the community, how systemic issues impact people differently, and how we can move forward,” McClellan said. “I want to make sure we use this chance to analyze the underlying system and make deep and substantive changes, rather than knee-jerk reactions.”
McClellan’s campaign platform included six ideas: every plan must be made with the assumption revenues are shrinking, leverage private resources for public service and improvement, adjust law enforcement practices, strengthen social, economic, and cultural ties between residents, adjust code enforcement standards to encourage improvements and to support education.
In a USA Today interview, Ella Jones, who also ran for City Ward #1, said, “We need to start mentoring our young people, getting them the leadership skills they need.”
Getting the younger generations involved is something both Jones and McClellan agree on. In fact, the reason McClellan and his wife moved to Ferguson was to raise their son there: “We must all work together to ensure it is a town his generation will be proud to call home.”
McClellan said there are many city-wide issues that need to be addressed.
“We have got to get law-enforcement, courts, and codes out of the business of generating revenue. Those are parts of government whose top priority always needs to be to serve and to protect,” McClellan said. “In recent years, Ferguson embraced the idea of using these as new revenue streams, when they did, it fundamentally altered the relationship between the city and its residents.”
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