I was born in Long Island, NY and come from a large family. Raised by my father, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Navy and my mother, a strong, intelligent and vibrant woman. They instilled the values of hard work, self-reliance, self-sacrifice, teamwork, and education. I want to serve the citizens of Thornton by providing innovative, forwarding thinking and transparent government for everyone.
As a city leader it is very important to be fiscally responsible with tax payer revenue regardless of the overall economic status of Thornton. We need to hold ourselves accountable to the citizens and make sure we are investing in projects our community needs. By setting clear and transparent financial plans, we can better protect Thornton’s projected needs in the event of an economic downturn. In general terms, I would prioritize spending in the following three categories; Public Safety, Infrastructure and Economic Growth policies.
Economic Growth - We need to look at the tax incentives which are offered in Thornton. It’s one way to encourage developers, businesses and private citizens to make investments which benefit the community. By helping people and businesses get part of their money back, in the form of tax relief, it makes it easier for citizens to spend money. Having a variety of quality retail, restaurants and performing arts centers encourages a shop local mentality. Tax incentives can potentially create more local jobs, more tax revenue, which leads to the possibility of additional funding for reinvestment into infrastructure and community health projects.
Infrastructure -We need to maintain and expand on the services and operations that the city provides the citizens of Thornton. This means that city facilities, buildings, streets, parks, and agencies should have the proper attention and resources dedicated to them as we continue to maintain and improve the quality of life for everyone in our city.
I would describe my style as a hybrid of compromise and collaboration. It is important for me to gather information and facts from all different perspectives prior to making a decision. I find that often we are all trying to get to the same solution but differ on the approach. Generally I can find common ground among the concerned parties and use that foundation to build towards a resolution. In trying to resolve any matter of conflict between people, I try to work from a philosophical belief that we are all way more alike than our differences might have us believe.
I am a third generation Coloradan and was raised in Littleton. I served six years in the Colorado Army National Guard after high school, deploying once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, before getting my degree in horticulture and starting a small gardening business. I moved to Thornton in 2011 when I married my husband, Jeremy. We have three children and love raising our family in this community!
Thornton is a rapidly growing city, and we need to make sure we continue to have the resources we need to continue to provide the services that are vital to keeping our community safe, successful, and happy. For that reason, I place a very high priority on balanced, research based city planning that reduces overall maintenance expense while boosting economic activity. We are spending money on building infrastructure right now one way or another, let’s make sure we are building infrastructure that will work for us in the long term.
If I had to pick just two, I suppose I would have to go with traffic and small business. The number one concern I hear from community members as I’m out knocking doors is concern over speeding and traffic safety. The residents of Thornton don’t feel safe on their streets. Many residents are also concerned about traffic congestion, a problem that will only worsen if we continue to design Thornton as a car dependent city. These are issues that can be resolved through making different design choices.
The second most common concern I hear is the lack of independent, small business in our community. We have a lot of chains in Thornton, but not much in the way of unique establishments. Residents want more local small business that bring charm and character to our neighborhoods, improve our economy and revenue, and give us more to do in our own city. To get this, we need to design Thornton to be a place worth arriving to, instead of simply driving through.
I am a thoughtful and compassionate person, and feel that I am very good at finding solutions that work for everyone. Coming to a consensus requires a lot of listening, and a willingness to change your opinion with new information. These are values that I hold closely to.
Sometimes, however, consensus simply isn’t possible. You hope that it isn’t often, but it is a possibility we must recognize and be comfortable with. In those cases, it is always my goal to disagree respectfully, whether I am in the majority or the minority.