I am committed to doing my part to create the Greenfield I know is possible for our children, grandchildren, and every one of us.

Curious to learn where I stand on the issues? Read below.

Education: A Model School System for Our Region

Greenfield Public Schools have been chronically underfunded for too long, resulting in teachers leaving our schools and families moving elsewhere. The lack of investment in our schools has a ripple effect that weighs down our economy and hurts all of us. We can do better.

I am determined to do my part to make our school system a model for the region and adequately fund our schools. As a member of the Greenfield City Council Ways & Means Committee, funding our schools has been—and will continue to be—one of my top priorities. I worked hard to fully fund the Greenfield superintendent’s FY2024 budget, with the council ultimately reallocating most of the funds our schools needed.

Environment: Climate Resilience & Beautiful Spaces

The climate future of our children and planet is one of my top priorities, as is protecting our natural spaces and environment. As a city councilor, I am proud of my vote to stop the proposed industrial marijuana farm on Country Club Rd. and restrict the size of future pot farms in Greenfield.

I promise to continue listening to residents about projects that impact our neighborhoods and green spaces, viewing all my decisions through the lens of climate safety and resilience, and seeking opportunities to expand greenspace, pollinator habitat, street tree planting, clean water and air, energy efficiency, outdoor recreation opportunities, climate-friendly transportation and construction, walking and biking routes, and city-owned solar power.

Jobs: Economic Wellbeing & Vitality

To create quality jobs and community prosperity, Greenfield must prioritize investing in education, sustainable and green infrastructure, social and behavioral health supports, and our robust arts and culture community.

I am committed to fostering an environment that attracts more small, locally-owned businesses and cooperatives that pay living wages, offer dignified working conditions, and are rooted in our community. Bringing and retaining more businesses in our community will bolster our tax base and provide more exciting and interesting places for residents and visitors.

Housing: Affordability & Accessibility

Greenfield is experiencing a housing crisis that disproportionately impacts elderly, disabled, and low-income community members and ripples out to affect all of us. I am committed to using my role as a city councilor to help expand affordable, accessible, and safe housing for all residents.

One piece of this puzzle is fairness in property taxation. I will continue to advocate for rectifying the current situation in which some must leave our community due to high taxes while others avoid paying their fair share.

Public Safety & Health: Harm Reduction & Safety for All

The safest communities invest in caring for residents’ basic needs and creating decent living conditions—housing, education, food, public health, employment, and social connection.

In the interest of reining in city costs, improving outcomes, and reducing harm, I am committed to working alongside city leaders to increase accountability in policing, reassess what types of calls police respond to—90% of which do not involve allegations of crime, establish a non-armed civilian emergency response program for non-violent issues, and invest in our health department.

Public Infrastructure: Clean Water & Safe Roads

Sewers, water pipes, sidewalks, and roads: They might not be the most exciting topics of public debate, but they are some of the most important.

As a Ways & Means committee member, I have voted to invest in upgrading our city’s aging infrastructure and keeping our city functioning well. I am committed to doing my part to keep our water clean, our sidewalks paved, and our streets clean.

Governance: Access to Participation & Representation

I believe the boards, committees, and councils that govern Greenfield should reflect the will of the people and that civic participation should be accessible to as wide a range of residents as possible.

Since joining the Greenfield City Council’s Appointments & Ordinances committee, I’ve been a vocal advocate for inclusivity and representation on our city boards and committees, and I have served as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Citizens Initiatives, advocating for a fair and simple process for citizens to advocate for legislative change. I will continue to be a vocal proponent of hybrid participation in city council meetings.

Belonging: Respect & Inclusion for All Residents

Since my early days as a student activist, I have upheld my commitment to speak on issues of inclusion, equity, and representation in my community, particularly in government.

I will continue to be a strong voice in support of ending all forms of oppressive, hateful, racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, classist, ableist, ageist, anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic, or xenophobic behavior in our community. I promise to do my part to create a community where all people’s needs for safety, belonging, and dignity are met.

Are there any other issues you want to share with me?

If there is an issue I haven’t addressed here, I invite you to reach out to me and share the issues that matter to you. I will do my best to respond within a week.

Thank you for taking the time to be in touch.

 

 

And if you prefer to write an email, you can reach me at katherine@golubforgreenfield.com.