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“We have the same last name, we have the same work ethic,” Phyllis Viagran said of her sister. “There are similarities. But I think at the end of the day, I’m a District 3 resident that’s going to bring a fresh perspective and that has the qualifications and has the knowledge of what the city does to get us through what we’re facing next.”
“We need a strong voice and strong leadership to get us through this crisis and this pandemic,” she says. “I looked around and saw who was interested and who wasn’t. I finally decided, ‘I will regret it if I don’t run.’ That’s where I feel that my strength is, in getting people and community through crisis. I’m a resident of District 3. I want to serve my community.”
" Phyllis Viagran, the apparent frontrunner in the District 3 race, opposes the ballot measure because she supports labor unions’ collective bargaining rights. Reforming officer discipline, she notes, has taken center stage in the current round of contract negotiations between the city and the police union — something that hasn’t been true in the past.
“I think we can iron those things out at the bargaining table,” Viagran said."
"Viagran highlighted unemployment, domestic violence, senior care, and the digital divide as core pillars of her platform.
“Broadband as a utility is essential,” she said during the forum. “I think mobile data is great, that’s what most of our seniors have in the area, but I think that broadband infrastructure is necessary as we move forward … and as we continue to do things online. How do we do that? We need to bring our stakeholders together and we need to have a talk about affordability.”