When we had a consequential election in front of us, I realized that our neighbors deserved a better way to meet their candidates and have their questions answered. So I initiated and led the first-ever WSP City Council candidate forums in 2018.
I believe voters need every opportunity to know their potential representatives and have access to that information—and I did a lot of research to be sure they were conducted fairly and with best practices available. I also made sure it was recorded and available to all, and invited the community to join us in person. And what the attendance showed me was that people want to know what's going on and have a say in who represents them. These forums were an opportunity for people to do that—and inspire people to get involved in our city.
Whether it is sharing cities' best practices for hiring a police chief, supporting a proclamation in support of Pride Month, or attending meetings on Thompson Golf Course development, I have always thoroughly researched and attended meetings to understand an issue, communicate concerns, and share information.
My research includes policy and codes, reading details of city documentation, attending committee, commission, and neighborhood meetings to hear all parties points of view. I believe our decisions need to be grounded in data and reality to reach our goals.
I strongly support our residents' rights to speak up and be heard. This can happen at a podium, by emailing, or calling.
You can communicate at citizen comments during council meetings, neighborhood town halls, speaking at public hearings, or reaching out to city council, staff or police to seek assistance via email or phone.
I am here to help. When you need an advocate, I'll be here. Reach out anytime. And know that when we're in the chambers, I'll always support your voice being heard at your city hall.
There are many opportunities to meet neighbors and participate in issues you care about. Even as a civilian citizen, I reach out and share events and meetings in our community and let people know they are all welcome. Sometimes, I have to even recommend BYOC (bring your own chair!) & we usually go out to a local restaurant/tavern after for fun and future planning! It will continue to be a central part of who I am and how I move us toward our goals: Together.
There isn't one pie for us to divide. We have a diverse community that can further develop and grow together.
Combining our efforts to build a strong foundation helps us ALL—as residents, businesses, and partners— to achieve our own goals for our families, friends, and neighborhoods not just to survive, but to thrive.
I may not be an expert campaigner, but I know how to do the job of Councilmember!
Check out my LinkedIn profile to learn more about SOME of the things I've worked on.