— Appointed to Penndel Borough Council in 2018.
— On Penndel's Revitalization Task Force.
— Previously served on Zoning Hearing Board and Farmland Preservation Corporation in Lower Makefield
Bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, 2000
The biggest issue is the dilapidation of the Business Route 1 corridor. This is being addressed by a task force examining how to provide incentives for new development. We need to be aggressive and willing to invest resources into this huge effort. First, I will continue my work through the borough's Revitalization Task Force to ease zoning restrictions along the Business Route 1 corridor. Then, I will do whatever else is needed to make Penndel attractive to developers, businesses and new residents.
For this and all of the other issues, it is becoming increasingly evident that a group of volunteers (Borough Council) that changes often is not sufficient for running the borough. Those who are still working and/or have familial obligations do not have the ability to do all that is asked and required of council members. We have a secretary and an assistant secretary, but no borough manager. We need a manager ASAP to better provide consistent services and representation for our residents.
I am running for this office because I believe in public service. I believe in volunteering to help one's community. I believe that in order for a town to thrive it takes a citizenry that is dedicated and willing to devote time and energy to improving life for everyone. I believe that EVERYONE has something they can contribute.
I have a clear understanding of what it takes for local government to work well and for the people. Penndel's residents already have seen that I am not afraid to challenge the status quo, to broach difficult topics, to take unpopular stands, and to buck my own party on an issue. I'm running because I believe this type of unafraid and levelheaded leadership is needed.
I am a relatively new resident in the borough, and I have an eye toward the future. I hear a lot about the dramas and feuds of the past. While these can be informative, I am much more concerned about how things should be done then how they've always been done.
The qualifications most needed in this office are not those of academic degrees or resumes. They are the "soft" skills too often lacking in this realm. Public officials need to be good listeners. They need to hear and know the concerns of all of the people, not just those in their immediate orbits. They need to be willing to work hard and put time into this duty, but they also need to be selfless. Too often, public officials — even at this low level — are too concerned about personal recognition and taking credit for accomplishments or activities.
We also see a tendency at all levels of government to work deals behind the scenes that lack transparency and erode the public confidence. I'm very concerned anytime I see this. I will work toward more transparency in our government, and advocate for elected officials who know their duties and limitations.