Frequently asked questions
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Madison?
The biggest challenge I see facing Madison is keeping up the level of service we've all come to expect. Growth stretches resources, sometimes to the breaking point, but we can't shut down growth. However, we can be smarter about how we grow. Smart growth through a diverse combination of residential, commercial and industrial development projects will provide the city with a stream of sustained revenue to allow us to invest in the quality of life improvements our people have come to expect.
What will you do to support our schools?
I was on the Madison City School Board for 10 years, and will be the first retired Madison City School Board member to be elected to the City Council. The City Council and the Board of Education are separate organizations with separate budgets and separate revenue streams, so there's little the council can do to directly support the schools. However, the City Council and Board of Education should have a shared goal to work together for the betterment of our students and parents. Having been on both sides, I will serve as that conduit to ensure that we accomplish our shared goal through open dialog, collaboration and coordination in decisons made by the council that effect the schools.
What is your favorite thing about Madison?
Growing up as an Army brat, I've lived all over the world and without a doubt my favorite thing about Madison are the people here.
What made you decide to run for City Council?
I prayed long and hard, asking what my next step was after retiring from Madison School Board and City Council kept coming to mind. One of my strengths I grew in my time on the School Board is my ability to engage everyone in critical decisions. By engaging the board, the school faculty, parents and students, all stakeholders had a voice and left the table knowing their voice was heard, even if the decision wasn't what they wanted. As I looked at the Council, I saw the need to bring this same level of openness to give the public an active voice in decisions. I will be your voice on our council.