|Running for||Youngstown Council President|
|Education||ODNR Division of Forestry “Tree Commission Academy” 2011 (graduate) “Sustainability, Climate Change and Society” YSU Graduate Course Spring 2011 “Bridges Out of Poverty” YSU Summer Graduate Education course Spring 2010 Geology of China Graduate Course Spring 2010 MS Early Childhood Education, Youngstown State University 1998 CA Teaching Credential, CSUS (California State University Sacramento) 1989 BS Geology UC Davis (Davis CA) 1981 Bakersfield Community College 1976-1978|
|Family in office?||None|
|Reasons for running||I am running to serve the citizens of Youngstown and to be part of the solution against "business-as-usual" politics. Elected officials are elected to Serve Us, to listen to constituents and govern in the best interest of their constituents. If our region is to move forward we need to be forward thinkers. We need to care more and communicate more. Apathy is the greatest enemy to progress.
It is time to:
Improve communication between citizens and local government.
Improve the public meetings so that citizens have a greater voice in decisions important for our community.
Recognize and promote the amazing opportunities and resources that we have in Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.
Create a vibrant community that works collectively to improve the quality of life for ALL residents of Youngstown.
|Priorities|| Gain a greater understanding of local government to see what is working and not working and work to improve efficiency and services through greater collaboration.
Facilitate a public meeting that better serves the citizens of Youngstown with regard to time and opportunity to dialogue about our city and create solutions to the troubling issues.
Establish communication and work with website technicians to improve accessibility. Make sure that Council meeting agendas (pre) and minutes (post) are posted in a timely manner. Help create an easily accessible community calendar that is easy to submit to and easy to access.
Work with each Ward council member and their respective neighborhood groups and citizens to address their priorities and together look for solutions.
Work with Parks and Recreation Commission to provide more youth opportunities including leadership and educational as well as recreational opportunities.
Promote the many assets and opportunities that are a part of Youngstown to retain residents and attract new residents, businesses and organizations.
Promote the amazing work that Green Youngstown is accomplishing and investigate more innovations and opportunities for our city as we work toward greater sustainability.
Revisit some of the Charter Review Committees’ suggestions to improve communication between citizens and local officials and to modernize local government operations.
|Qualifications||My ability to work outside of my comfort zone and listen to and engage with people from all backgrounds and opinions is an asset for public service. My patience, persistence and “attitude of action” enhance my ability to get things done. My integrity and non-combative nature allow me to communicate effectively. A local official said “kindness is a weakness”. I contend that kindness, respect and civility are strengths and crucial attributes of a public servant.
I have moved Youngstown forward through service with:
Dorothy Day House
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown
Frackfree Mahoning Valley (co-founder)
Friends of the Library
Friends of Mill Creek Park
Grey to Green Festival (co-founder)
Lake-to-River Food Cooperative
LOOP (Loved Ones of Prisoners)
Northside Farmers Market
Treez Please (co-president)
Valley Coalition for Peace and Justice
|Positions on the issues||#1 Relevant Issue: Our government is not serving the best interests of the people who elected them. Politicians should always work in the citizens’ best interest. This is a full time commitment if we expect to move our city forward and address the needs of ALL the citizens of Youngstown. Elected officials and citizens must work together.
#2 Education and Opportunity
I believe that together we can create opportunities at the local level that improve the quality of life for all the residents of Youngstown, especially for youth and seniors. We must put more focus and commitment into our public schools because innovative and effective public schools are the foundation of a healthy community. We need to prepare our students to be critical and creative thinkers with the flexibility to adapt rapidly to technological and social changes. With our area's affordability and the availability of senior care services, we must promote our area as an appealing place for people to retire.
#3 The Community Bill of Rights
I believe that local residents have the right to choose clean air and clean drinking water and local control and therefore I am a strong advocate FOR The Community Bill of Rights.