- Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University
- MBA from Marymount University
- Served on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors since 2012
Prince William County is presently in the midst of a self-made housing crisis where decades of neglect have delivered an unsustainable housing development policy that needs dramatic restructuring. We must dramatically slow down all new housing development while our infrastructure is allowed to catch-up. In addition, we must stop the special tax breaks for the data center industry that has enjoyed a subsidize rate for 20 years. Their taxes stay the same, while resident's taxes go up.
Every 11 minutes, an American dies from an opioid overdose. We have reached epidemic proportion in this crisis and we must continue to treat this threat seriously. Last year, Prince William County joined hundreds of other localities around the country in suing the opioid manufacturers to hold them accountable for their improper practices. In the last few budgets, we have made significant investments in helping folks here in the County get the help they need. We must continue to invest.
Our county is one of only two localities in the Commonwealth to have a “revenue sharing agreement” with the school system. This antiquated system of funding has led to the most overcrowded classrooms in the Commonwealth, the most underpaid teachers in Northern Virginia, and testing scores that put our kids at a disadvantage when competing with other students in the area. It's time we end the RSA and develop budgets based on need, not an arbitrary percentage decided by politicians.
Having read every single page of the last eight County budgets, I can tell you that the Board needs to do a better job with prioritizing spending and reigning in its growth. The growth rate in County employees far exceeds the growth rate in both inflation and county population. We must reign in the growth of County spending to keep us on a sustainable fiscal path moving forward. The Board cannot keep treating taxpayers as an endless piggy bank each and every year.
We must prioritize transportation projects that will bring the biggest impact to the citizens of Prince William County. While we have worked, and will continue to work, to bring more money to address I-66 and I-95, we must be focused on addressing the problems on Rt. 28. The Board has pushed forward plans for a “Rt. 28 bypass” that will help move traffic away from Rt. 28 and Business 234. While we have made significant investments in our bus commuter system, more must be done.
We must continue to protect our open spaces from the over-development that many politicians and candidates want to bring to Prince William County. Developers have poured tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into several candidates who have stated they want to dismantle the Rural Crescent. I will continue to stand for the Rural Crescent. In addition, we must continue to work to bring more jobs to the County to reduce the number of cars on the road emitting CO2.
Master in Human Resource Management
Bachelor in Business Administration
Over 20 years of experience in the field of Learning and Development, having worked with Fortune 50 and small family businesses. Focus on Strategy and Leadership Development
1. Prioritize placement of new residential developments near transportation hubs. 2. Create additional mass transit options. 3. Build infrastructure (schools/roads) concurrently with any new development. 4. Create and implement an affordable housing program for lower income, first responders and educators to help people live near where they work. 5. Develop small area preservation plans to permanently protect the Rural Crescent in order to maintain the unique character of individual areas.
1. Encourage a sense of family and community by supporting efforts of our many non-profits. 2. Additional school counselors to help focus on issues of health, mental health and substance abuse. 3. Provide programs to help children understand the dangers of internet bullying and how to use social media safely. 4. Ensure law enforcement is properly staffed and trained to address gang violence, mental health and substance abuse. 5. Consider a dedicated mental health/substance abuse facility.
1. Creating a vision for the county will allow us to refocus our spending. 2. Properly funding and incentivizing commercial development to increase our tax base. 3. Have better working relationships with our state and federal partners leading to more opportunities to receive grants and additional funding. Education is not optional and should not be partisan, political or petty. It is time we had serious leadership on the BOS willing to properly fund out schools.
1. Leverage our Economic Development Council to promote PWC as the place of choice for new businesses. 2. Fully utilize our start-up incubator and educational resources to attract new businesses. 3. Incentivize the development of agritourism 4. Work with our data center community to ensure we have a viable tax rate that meets both the needs of the county and is still competitive 5. Besides taxation, we need to review our budget for waste and savings.
Develop a comprehensive plan that is truly comprehensive in nature. This would help us: 1. Determine the best solution for Route 28, 2. Address bottlenecks across county lines, 3. Look at alternative traffic flows, 4. Enhance secondary routes 5. Design self-contained builds reducing the need to get onto major thoroughfares, and 6. Utilize adaptive lights to make real-time changes. This would lead to safer roads, fewer accidents, less backup.
Yes. While a single county cannot solve the problem, we can become a leader in finding and implementing solutions. We should work across boundaries to incentivize businesses to be cleaner and reduce their carbon footprint. By taking actions to address our transportation challenges and increase mass transit options, we can reduce congestion and thus carbon emissions. We can utilize more alternative forms of energy and encourage others to do so as well.