BS, Operational Meteorology
Business Communications (management, internal operations, budget management);
Emergency Services (former volunteer EMT, current CERT volunteer)
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I’m running for Guadalupe County Commissioner of Precinct 4 because I want to help our county prosper while keeping it a place where people love to live. We need proactive approaches to ensure the sustainability of our economy through vocational training opportunities, living-wage job promotion, and public safety infrastructure improvements. If elected as county commissioner, I will bring a fresh perspective and forward-thinking ideas about living-wage jobs, vocational training advocacy, and fiscal responsibility that would benefit Guadalupe County.
As a former volunteer EMT and current long-time volunteer with the Guadalupe County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I’m familiar with the challenges facing rural volunteer and paid emergency medical services (EMS) departments. In addition, I hold a BA in operational meteorology and bring scientific knowledge, combined with knowledge of emergency management protocol, to the public safety arena, particularly when it comes to flash flooding and tropical weather concerns. Finally, as a communications professional, I understand the importance of transparent communication with the public, particularly soliciting feedback and listening to others.
Vocational training options and access to continuing adult education is a signification issue in the county. We have very few options for young adults for whom college isn't an option, either by choice or due to finances. We also need to find more options for adults looking to improve their skills to move up in the workplace. By creating more vocational opportunities, we will improve the overall skill set of the population, which, in turn, entices more companies to locate in our county. More than half of the county works outside of the county. If we can provide more skilled job opportunities within the county, that benefits both the citizens and the local economy.
I think the ability to compromise plays an important role in politics, which requires the ability to listen to viewpoints different than one's own and then working to find the common ground. Compromise may not always be possible, but I think it's vital to approach every conversation with an open mind and the willingness to search for common ground.
My office is open to everyone, regardless of political party or who you voted for in the election. Many of the issues we face in Guadalupe County are not partisan issues, and impact all of us. If you didn't vote for me, I absolutely want to hear from you and understand your issues, concerns, and general ideas on how we can improve our county together.
Yes. Preservation of natural areas and watersheds are vital to our county's health and well-being. In particular, as our population grows, it's important to preserve natural areas to maintain a balance between the growing urban landscape and the rural, natural beauty that makes Guadalupe County such a wonderful place to live.
I support asking the state legislature for limited additional authority at the county level. I think the state legislature imposes a lot on the county, from unfunded mandates to bills impacting local budgets, that can really hamstring the county's ability to manage county services and growth effectively.