"No voter should ever 'need' an elected official to make sure an ordinance or community plan is adopted. An elected official should say 'I need the Voter'. The day any single local official believes they are above the voter, we have lost our rights.
For what it is worth: The values and policy statements below have not been filtered by a "staff person" (I don't have any) or a Public Relations firm (wouldn't want one). This is what I believe to be the right path for our neighbors, our community, and Greenville County.
Thank you, Will Morin
Response to Questions from BikeWalkGreenville
"Cars are a cancer and more roads only metastasize that cancer.
The focus of Greenville County Council must be on mass transit and greater access for all citizens - not just those living within a 1/2 mile of the SRT. We need significant expansion of dedicated lanes for human powered vehicles and separate lanes for pedestrian traffic in every major thoroughfare and secondary roads in Greenville County. These lanes must be separated by curbs and elevation.
If a road is replaced or rehabilitated then two additional lanes for cyclists and pedestrians must be constructed. The county has the funding in sequestration and can easily accomplish this task.
You will not find another council member with a stronger opinion about the needs of safe, dedicated lanes for cycling and pedestrians than myself."
Greenville County & Climate Change
I have been an outdoorsman all my life, and protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy is a priority for me. Climate change is a threat to our economy, national security, and our entire way of life. We need to begin transitioning now to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 across all sectors of the economy to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
Low-income families and communities of color are hit hardest by the effects of climate change. We must prioritize environmental justice and ensure a just transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy by providing communities the ability to play a role in a shaping a more equitable and just future.
South Carolina’s Upstate is in an affordable housing crisis, Greenville County alone lacks 2,500 units. A new perspective is essential in winning the battle against increasing housing costs. Increased vocational training will also provide a strong workforce for building new affordable homes. (Read More)
Despite the progress we have made, it is still legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. There are still many forms of discrimination against the LGBTQ community from education to employment to housing and even wage discrimination. I will recruit employers to Greenville County who believe in equality protections like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Equality Act. We must defend the progress we have achieved and work to end discrimination in all forms against the LGBTQ communities throughout our community.
Public Safety Reforms
It is time to begin discussions to form a Metropolitan Police Department for the entire county with one Chief that is appointed, not elected, to oversee all law enforcement duties and one individual with whom the buck stops. This means that every municipal police agency will be combined into one single entity, responsible to one Chief of Police with oversight by an appointed Civilian Review Board of Trustees.
The "Greenville Metropolitan Police Department Civilian Board of Trustees" (GP-CBoT) shall contain 10 or 12 members that is equivalent to the diverse population of the county and city- based upon the percentage make up of the ethnic and gender diversity of all residents. The Board of Trustee will include an equal number of appointees from the Greenville County Council and Greenville City Council. The GP-CBoT will have sole discretion to hire, fire, and enforce actions necessary to reform the police culture in Greenville County.
Sustainable Community Development
Throughout the world, people want the same things: access to clean air and water; economic opportunities; a safe and healthy place to raise their kids; shelter; lifelong learning; a sense of community; and the ability to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. I will fight to assure every person will have the same opportunity to live in a smart, sustainable community, that addresses environmental justice and social justice, good public transportation, affordable homes, and well paying jobs.
Jobs & the Economy
I am committed to developing well-paying, middle class jobs for South Carolina by expanding opportunities related to vocational education and apprenticeship programs to train the next generation of electricians, carpenters, and plumbers so they too can have a well-paying middle class income and lifestyle.
Local Economic Development
It must be a priority of County Council to recruit companies and provide Tax Incentives to companies that "balances purpose and profit". Placing a preferred status for companies that a "Certified B Corps", which are legally required to balance the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and the environment. Not only is this good business, but this is good for the residents of Greenville County!
As elected leaders, County Council must use every opportunity to be a 'force for good'. We should also recruit employers to do the same.
Learn more about "B Corps" here.
The people who show up to your door in a medical emergency - the EMTs and Paramedics - are the tireless frontline healthcare professionals of our community. They sometimes work 12 hour shifts without a break and if they are lucky, they will take home an income that is barely 200% above the federal poverty level and barely covers their bills.
EMTs and Paramedics must earn a salary that is commensurate with their role in society. A basic EMT must earn no less than $40,000/year and a Paramedic needs to earn a minimum salary of $60,000 /year.
Additionally, the current salary structure for 911 Emergency Dispatchers and Operators is inadequate for the role and I am committed to increasing their minimum salary as well.