Here’s a video I just did for my reelection campaign to the city council council of Staunton, Virginia. Since the general shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will keep us from campaigning door to door, the local newspaper offered to host a “front door” pitch for each candidate. This video is my pitch.
Inspired by an article from McKinsey Global, “Beyond Coronavirus: the Path to the Next Normal,” I came up with a three-part plan for Staunton to respond to the emergency now and to prepare for the recovery to come afterwards.
- Resolve: The City must help its citizens develop and maintain the resolve and commitment to make war-time levels of sacrifice. For most people, that will mean staying home for the next few months.
- Relief: Right now, our citizens are suffering economically and they need immediate relief. With many local businesses shuttered, unemployment is at historic highs around the country and in Staunton. Our downtown, featuring restaurants and shops appealing mostly to tourists, is especially hard hit.
- Recover: Pundits are saying that the virus shutdown will change everything about the economy. And not just in the short term but permanently. Nobody knows exactly what the New Normal will look like. That’s why we need to be flexible and start preparing now for a variety of scenarios. All possible futures should include making more of our products and providing more of our services closer to home rather than relying on corporations with supply chains of hundreds or thousands of miles vulnerable to future disruptions.
If you live and vote in Staunton or if you care about our city, I invite you to watch the video. Then, if you have thoughts or questions you’d like to share, I invite you to contact me.