It’s the people of our community who motivate me to want to serve in a more meaningful way. I have connected with those who are experiencing homelessness, who are seeking affordable childcare or housing, or who are working to overcome mental health issues. I have also sat with community members who are concerned with growth and change and the loss of community. I’ve met with many who long to find a living wage or a sustainable career path. I’ve met with developers who seek balance in regulation. Accurate representation means knowing the challenges in our community both intellectually and, for me, on a deeper, more personal level.
My 20 years of small business experience has been as diverse as the make-up of District One. My journey as a business owner has required extensive travel throughout the United States. I have strong skills in the art of negotiation. I’m passionate about crafting responsible budgets. I’m trained in time and stress management. Each of these are invaluable as a council member. In my case, 20 years of business experience also means 20 years of consistent leadership. I wake up every day ready to listen to others, help solve problems where I can with a deep desire to learn and grow myself.
As a health educator, you may be certain that I will incorporate care of our community in much the same way that I care for my hundreds of students.
Being articulate about both facts and figures and the ability to understand how to connect with people and community are critical attributes that I bring to the table. Listening and being hungry to expand knowledge are fundamental to being successful in any leadership role, including our city council. Just like in every important endeavor I undertake, I’ll approach my time on council with an unrelenting determination to dig in, do the research, ask the important questions, and make decisions that will lead to a healthy and thriving community. Health, is my unique lens on life.
If there is one simple phrase that aptly sums up all my experiences here, it is this: I HEAR YOU, FORT COLLINS! And because I feel passionate and connected to the issues and to our community, I believe I am uniquely prepared to serve responsively and honorably - a voice that the council will benefit from, and I believe the right voice for right now.
After 8 years of contemplation, my spouse and I made this OUR choice city in which to settle and plant roots. I love Fort Collins, enough to know that I want to live out my life here. This love is the root of my inspiration for greater service to our world-class city.