James supports smart growth principles including compact building designs, walkable neighborhoods, preserving open spaces, variety in transportation options, and housing options that acknowledge Garden City's economic diversity.
James believes that city budgets must be lean and flexible. Good stewardship calls for transparent expenditures and strict scrutiny of proposed rate increases to keep Garden City affordable for its residents.
James supports the recognition of each individual's value to the community as a whole. He believes well-rounded communities are diverse in their faith, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
James knows that offering career advancement, competitive benefits, and unsurpassed work/life balance are the best ways to hire and retain top-performing police professionals.
Land use issues are complex and have competing interests. James believes that strict adherence to Garden City's comprehensive plan is the pathway to finding the best and highest uses of the land.