St. Petersburg High School, 2007, Graduate
Florida State University, 2011, Political Science Major, Dual Minors in Communications and Emergency Management
Over 10 years of business experience owning, operating, and renovating apartment buildings, managing and hiring employees. Highlights: 2014 St. Petersburg Preservation “Award of Honor” (top award) for multifamily real estate renovation.
Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) representative. Regency Condominium Association Vice President, 2015-2018. Villa Valencia Garden Condominium Association board member, Present. Friends of Salt Creek, member. St. Petersburg Preservation, member. St. Petersburg Musuem of History, member
Do you support using additional city resources to make it more attractive for the Tampa Bay Rays to stay in St. Petersburg? (Multiple choice)
Neither support nor oppose
What policies and programs do you think the City should implement, or improve, to attract living wage jobs, support small businesses and generate sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
In all decisions we make, we must consider the economic ramifications. To start, the city should attempt to expedite the permitting process for new businesses. This alone can be a complete killer for a new business, if they are paying rent on a facility, and paying employees, with no income. We must also court corporate relocations and satellite offices due to existing tax benefits of our state.
What are the City’s most important public safety priorities? How do you intend to address them? (400 character limit)
Of primary concern in any community is traditionally violent crime. I would encourage more community based policing to get officers into the neighborhoods where they are needed most. I am hopeful that the new police headquarters will help attract the best and brightest new officers to join our ranks, and that increased technological capacities will help us to solve crime.
Rate how well the City is balancing resource allocation between downtown and the neighborhoods and business districts in outlying communities. (Multiple choice)
How would you work with city departments, businesses and the community to create more affordable housing and limit the displacement of residents? Where would funding for these efforts come from? (400 character limit)
We need to allow relaxed zoning restrictions for new construction. Duplexes, mother in law suites, and decreased parking restrictions could lead to more affordable housing in traditional single family neighborhoods. I also want city condemned properties given to a non profit, or qualifying income families, giving them a home to renovate and live in, provided certain renovation benchmarks are met.
The goal of St. Petersburg’s “Complete Streets” plan is to provide more options for public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians. What is your position on this strategy? What, if anything, should the City do to further address local and regional transportation needs? (400 character limit)
Nothing is scarier to me than the incomplete sidewalk system currently in place in our city- it needs to be addressed, ASAP- some sidewalks end arbitrarily halfway through a block. As far as bicyclists, I am a proponent of separate bike “roads”, such as along 1st Street NE, where the existing sidewalk has been marginally widened so that bicycles can have a separate, two lane, off road path.
What actions should the City take to improve resiliency? (In the short term, that would mean the City’s ability to handle weather-related disasters. In the long term, that would mean covering the ongoing costs of repairing and maintaining the city’s sewer/stormwater management systems.) How would you fund these efforts? (400 character limit)
We should put as much money as possible towards improving our public works so that sewage spills never happen again, damaging our city's reputation, as well as our wildlife and ecosystem. Additionally, we need to work towards improving our score on FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS), which gives insurance breaks to everyone within a city if the town collectively meets certain benchmarks.
What are the two most important issues affecting your district? If elected, what specific actions will you take to address them? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
Environment and infrastructure. Infrastructure and environment tie into each other often: Expansion + improvement on the Northwest plant is a must. Continued monitoring of the Raytheon site and protecting our natural resources + environment, are key to keeping our district pristine and beautiful. Also retiming of existing traffic lights to reduce congestion would help commercial hub + cohesivness
If elected, what will be your top two priorities for the city, and what would you do to address them within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
Improve upon current conditions. I would like to see environmental, and housing issues focused on. I have frequent conversations on the topic of environment w/ my good friends (who have also endorsed my campaign) Councilmembers Gina Driscoll and Darden Rice. Environmentalism means quality of life, protecting our natural resources, and ensuring that we keep our city beautiful for future generations