Petroleum Engineer since 1974
County Commissioner since 1999
Extensive volunteer work with Hospice, HOT, CASA, Museum of the Southwest, Teen Court, Field's Edge and others.
I ran for office so that every citizen in Midland County would have a voice in local government. I have promptly responded to hundreds of requests for help and will continue to do so.
In addition to working with the existing commissioners to build a new court house, world class library, pave 100% of Midland county roads, voter annex, and the Horseshoe. I have led the charge to lower the tax rate from 30+ cents in 1999 to 15,3 cents (currently), which is the lowest in Texas. All facilities listed above are debt-free. We have also purchased additional water fields, which have doubled Midland's long term water supply. This year's goals are to build a new county museum and renovate the downtown library, both of which will be debt free.
My husband and I started our company in 1978 and still operate it today. I understand budgets, employee issues, payroll, governmental reporting, and how to run a business. For the past 10 years I have been active in local politics by attending and voicing my opposition at Hospital board meetings, City Council, School board, Midland College board and Commissioners Court.
The overburden of taxes, misuse of reserves, and lack of respect for constituents. What’s needed is oversight of vendors, inventory of properties, open door policy with department heads, and Precinct meetings for input from residents. County functions like the Horseshoe need to be managed like a separate business with all cost and income allocated to it alone, so citizens can see if it is being managed correctly. The difference is it is run for the benefit of the citizens not the profit for others.
Transparency! I’m a people person and I would want to visit department heads and listen to the issues and needs they have, to work with the Sheriff at keeping Midland safe and lowering crime, reaching out to residents on Capital projects and making our County a priority. Growth is happening so fast that the necessities of life are not keeping up.