Issues

Accessibility

What is accessibility? According to Webster’s dictionary, accessibility means capable of being reached, easy to speak to or deal with. And that’s exactly what I intend to do. As a council person, I want to be accessible to all community folks and I want them to feel I am easy to talk to and deal with.

Open forums. Six times a year, I intend to hold open forums to talk with and listen to the community. Right now, none of the city council members are doing that. Why? Dublin is small enough that we should be able to speak to our council members outside the formal city council meetings, be comfortable approaching our constituents and hearing from them.

ASL Interpreters. At the end of a meeting with the Chief’s Advisory Council, I asked if we could have an ASL interpreter for the webex meetings, we still do not have one, and neither does City Council, or school board. We need to have ASL interpreters at every city sanctioned meeting. The only way for all of Dublin to be connected to each other is to make sure all of our community members feel we do care about them and do want them to be engaged with City Matters.

Accessible website for visually impaired individuals. We need to make sure the City website and social media pages are accessible to visually impaired folks, it can be as simple as adding descriptive text to a picture. This is simple another way folks can feel like this City is for them.

Did you know? As of 2018, Dublin has almost an 18% foreign born population (including me). For immigrants, many times there is a language barrier to understanding the workings of City Government. I will work to provide translators and translated documents. This will not only improve the understanding of local government by immigrants, it will also result in a more engaged immigrant community.

What will all this accomplish? Every single one of these steps will result in a more engaged community. By having a more engaged population, Dublin will be lauded as forward thinking and a welcoming community for everyone.

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Representation

Did you know Dublin City Council has 7 seats. Only 1 of which represents constituents who live East of the river - Ward 1. Right now, there are ZERO elected officials in Dublin who live East of the River. There are big decisions being made which directly affect citizens East of the River. How do you feel about that?

Is your voice being represented at City Council? Do you feel ignored? Does your neighborhood feel neglected?

I live East of the river. I know the neighborhoods, streets and people here. If I’m elected, there’s no chance any decision will be made at City Council without proper representation.

If you believe in representation for everyone, contribute here and let’s make sure all of Dublin is being heard.

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AAPI Representation

Did you know? The AAPI community is the least represented community in politics, even though we’re the fasted growing racial group in the US and in Dublin! We make up 20% of Dublin’s population and even more in the school district. And we are growing everyday. Yet we don’t even have 1 elected official from the AAPI community.

Time to change that folks. Get involved in this campaign, visit ajmeriforohio.com to learn more!

Family Perspective

If elected, Ajmeri will be the youngest City Council member and with a young child. Ajmeri plans to bring back family centered policy making to Dublin. She knows families with young children have limited time to engage in City decisions, so she plans to bring Council to families. Ajmeri plans to implement park meetings with constituents, neighborhood walks in the community and much more. We cannot continue to ignore the largest voting block in Dublin and I intend to bring awareness to the unique issues young families face in Dublin.

Small Business focused policy making

Ajmeri comes from a family of small business owners and is a small business owner herself. She knows small business ownership can revitalize the economy after Covid-19. Ajmeri is committed to creating innovative policies to encourage independent entrepreneurship. Dublin has to do a better job at attracting businesses owned by people of color and women. According to smallbusinessmajority.org, between 2007 and 2017, businesses owned by people of color grew 10 times faster than the overall growth rate for U.S. small businesses during this same period. Between 2007 and 2018, women-owned businesses increased by 58%, employing 9.2 million people. And about one-quarter of all women-owned firms were owned by women of color in 2016. It is absolutely clear, Dublin needs to incentivize tax abatements and specifically target business owned by people of color and women and encourage them to make Dublin their home. This is the path of the future and Dublin needs to get on board.

Passing a non-discrimination ordinance

Passing non-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran's status, marital status and genetic information or familial status.