Kesha Hodge Washington

YOUR Advocate for District 8

Kesha's Policy Points

Her plan for Phoenix's District 8 is to develop and promote innovative and community-based solutions focused on the following areas:

Community Engagement

  • Increase funding for community initiatives that support education at all ages
  • Encourage residents to serve on City boards and commissions
  • Ensure residents have a “voice” in the decision-making process of our City, by having an “open door” relationship
  • Fight to make Phoenix a more equitable city where everyone is treated fairly and safely in everyday life

Economic Development

  • Champion to make Phoenix a hub for higher-wage jobs, by supporting investments in and partnerships for free or low-cost educational and training/retraining opportunities for high skilled and better paying jobs
  • Support policies that further economic growth, partnership arrangements, small business and entrepreneurial assistance, and in the appropriate cases, property use, tax credits, and/or grants
  • Attract and support new businesses and corporations to Phoenix, with a reasoned balance of corporate and small business development and retention
  • Collaborate with city, community, and business leaders/organizations to ensure balanced and mutually beneficial economic and regulatory policies that support small businesses, attract jobs, and drive higher wages and opportunity for all Phoenicians
  • Advocate keeping Phoenix taxes low
  • Lobby for more amenities (such as hospitals, grocery stores, healthier restaurants) and further economic development (like new entertainment options) in District 8
  • Advocate for allocations from the upcoming bond initiatives in a manner that addresses these inequities, particularly in the historically disenfranchised and overlooked communities
  • Support policies that further economic growth, partnership arrangements, small business and entrepreneurial assistance, and in the appropriate cases, property use, tax credits, and/or grants


  • Work to get homeless individuals and families into housing, with access to the services they need through the creation of new emergency shelter facilities with sufficient beds to address the thousands of unsheltered individuals staying on city streets or encamping in the public right of ways
  • Ensure there are specific pathways in conjunction with private/public partnerships to address the issues of homeless individuals who are severely mentally ill, dealing with substance abuse, and other circumstances that complicate the provision of services
  • Advocate for the accelerated increase of affordable and workforce housing opportunities in the city, through public/private partnerships, direct acquisitions, incentives for certain projects, and redevelopment/reimagined use of city-owned properties
  • Expand the number of housing vouchers available for low-income individuals
  • Provide assistance to residents facing foreclosure and/or evictions
  • Educate landlords and tenants about the rental assistance program and streamline the same to include direct communications with the landlord to reduce evictions
  • Support below market, workforce, multi-family, creative housing mixes (zoning changes, tiny houses, container homes, etc.) and infill housing to increase the housing supply
  • Amend Zoning Ordinance to include affordable housing incentives and the allowance of accessory dwelling units in target areas


  • Update the older infrastructure to account for the population growth and modernize some for efficiency
  • Extend the installation of cool pavement throughout the City
  • Repair the roads/streets that are in bad shape
  • Expand the existing roadway and freeway system to alleviate traffic and increase roadway safety
  • Increase features that would support more pedestrian/bicycle travel, like additional pedestrian walkways/bridges
  • Install sidewalks in all areas, where feasible, and plant trees and/or install strategic shade canopy coverage along the sidewalks to promote pedestrian mobility without reliance on a vehicle
  • Enhance amenities and offerings/activities at public parks (particularly older locations) to maximize usage and enjoyment
  • Install additional parks and open spaces to balance higher density projects
  • More consistent maintenance of the parks and allocate existing funds to expand parks/schools in the lower income communities 

Public Safety

  • Invest in our safety services to hire and retain additional police, fire and EMTs to meet the demands of our growing city
  • Improve response time with effective and strategic presence
  • Focus on adequate staffing and retention programs and comprehensive training and preparation
  • Invest in education (such as de-escalation and nonviolent intervention) for public safety personnel to ensure that the interactions are more positive and beneficial to all involved, bridging the gap between citizens and law enforcement
  • Increase on-the-job resources such as mental health support
  • Address public safety concerns with evidence-based solutions to address root causes by meeting the basic underlying needs
  • Advocate for funding appropriate resources for community-based initiatives and services that address the underlying problems that generally lead to police interaction
  • Support avenues that foster accountability and transparency to restore community trust and strong community relationship


  • Help residents identify ways to curtail their demand and usage, by encouraging the use of low-water/indigenous plants in landscaping, pool covers to reduce evaporation, incentivizing residents to transition from flood irrigation to more conservative means when possible, providing free or low-cost water audits to users, and promoting the upgrade to low flow fixtures inside the home through partial or full grants to qualifying residents
  • Increase public awareness of the crisis and foster a sense of community and individual responsibility for addressing
  • Ensure that City facilities, parks, and public spaces efficiently use water
  • Work to address the District 8 neighborhoods dealing with toxic waste sites, contaminated groundwater, and the highest asthma rates in the state.
  • Prioritize the implementation of a comprehensive climate action and adaptation plan
  • Pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy usage throughout our city
  • Transition the City’s fleet and public transportation system away from fossil fuels