OD Harris for Chandler City Council 4x5

The COVID19 virus has affected our economy and community in unprecedented ways, mitigating the damage done will be an overriding theme which will affect every decision I make going forward. It will, undoubtedly, be at the forefront of my following priorities. 


Economic Development –

  • Helping businesses, particularly small businesses, recover from the effects of the economic shutdown caused by the quarantine. This would include things like offering tax breaks and city assistance were feasible within the city budget. 

  • The temporary easing of ordinances which could spur increased business and foot traffic to businesses in the city. 

  • Using city resources to promote and encourage the patronage of our local businesses. 

  • The creation of task force and regular town hall meetings to listen first hand to the problems and concerns of our citizens and giving them a greater voice in our government. This will be done while working closer with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce to engage those businesses and business leaders to ensure the city is best meeting their needs.

  • Bringing in educational institutions like our community colleges and universities on a greater level to enhance workforce development programs. 


Education – Education is a critical tool in creating a workforce that is ready to fulfill the need of our Chandler businesses and industries. 

  • Helping the local districts by providing the resources our teachers need to ensure our students are caught up with their studies from anytime lost due to the quarantine. 

  • Ensuring that our students, particularly those less fortunate students, have access to the tools they need in order to complete their studies in a viable timeframe, i.e. access to the internet and computers outside of the classroom.

  • Developing more afterschool programs for students and parents in need of more assistance and for specialized learning and opportunities. 

  • Utilizing city resources and working closely to create more Public-Private Partnerships with the specific goal of developing strong workforce development programs enhancing and bolstering our workforce pipeline.

  • 1 for 1 Student Access to computers and internet

  • Support our School Districts Bonds and Overrides


Public Safety – 

  • Protecting businesses in this difficult time and beyond making sure they are protected while they are at work. Our Chandler Police are already great in this area. 

  • Giving our first responders access to the best Personal Protection Equipment(PPE) and training available. 

  • Protecting those businesses during their off-hours from break-ins with increased patrolling in vulnerable areas

  • Providing community outreach with the business community using the Chamber as a resource of information

  • Assuring business community coordination with both Fire and Police to respond in the quickest and safest manner to our businesses and citizens. 

Community Development

  • Ensuring Chandler Residents has access to state and local resources for rent payments and mortgage payments due to Covid19

  • Helping residences with the easing of the utility payments for trash and water 

  • Easing of payments of property taxes and being flexible for needed payment plans for those affected by Covid19