If you’ve made your way to this page, I’m guessing it’s because you want to learn more about why I’ve entered this race. Well, let me give you the highlight reel:
I’m a mom, a wife and an IT professional.
I’m sure those 3 things don’t necessarily scream “politician,” so let me also tell you that I’m also a proud American and I’m grateful to have our particular political system, even though I know it’s not perfect.
The biggest problem with our system currently, is that it works best when people actually participate and voter participation has been increasingly poor. With every new generation, there is a steep decline in turnout for elections. The Greatest Generation generally has around 70% turnout among eligible voters, whereas LESS THAN 50% of Millennials exercise their right to vote. Come on, guys. We can do better than that.
How can we expect our interests to be properly represented in government if we aren’t even properly representing ourselves?
Local elected officials have the ability, more than any other group, to have an impact in their community regarding voter turnout. It won’t happen overnight, but if we elect people who are willing to spend their time out in the community, going to schools, talking to future generations about how elections work and getting them excited to participate…
WE CAN CHANGE THIS TREND.
I couldn’t address everything city council reaches in one small section of a page, so let me give you a brief rundown of my view on the role of government.
- In keeping the government as small as possible
- Citizens should have their property, money, businesses and lives free of the government as much as possible.
- We are stronger together as a community
- No amount of legislation can solve our problems with crime, poverty or drugs by itself. It will take a coordinated group effort from everyone in the community to solve our most pressing issues.
- In supporting local businesses
- I grew up helping with my parent’s small businesses, including an ice cream shop, several flower shops, Christmas tree/firework stands, and a horse farm. Every small business brings a unique and important flavor to our city, but they also provide jobs to our friends and neighbors. Also, money spent at a local business is much more likely to get reinvested into our community, rather than sent away to some corporate headquarters overseas.
- MA in International Business from University of Florida (Go Gators!)
- AA and BAS degrees from State College of Florida in International Business
- James Madison Institute – Leaders Fellowship, Class III
- Board Secretary – Care Net Manasota
- Board Secretary – Manatee County Young Republicans
- City of Bradenton – Nuisance Abatement Board
The first 20 years of my life, I was a jack of all trades in my parent’s businesses. Some of my earliest memories are working with my brother at the register of their flower shop or looking at maps and planning delivery routes. I also spent several years scooping ice cream at what used to be Christine’s Sweets, but is now a Firehouse Subs on Cortez. Then my teenage years were spent at the farm feeding and saddling horses, or teaching people how to ride.
Currently, I work as a Business Systems Specialist.
I help ensure our sales database services our sales team in the most effective way. I would like to apply these principles to our city, making sure our local government is communicating and serving it’s citizens efficiently and effectively.
Prior to this position, I worked as a customer service manager at a local Bradenton insurance office, an events manager at a facility in Tampa and a server at Chick-fil-a.
As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
I’d love to hear from you!