I believe voters deserve to know the vision of what any candidate for public office aspires to achieve if elected, so here is mine:
Modernize City Government
Different times call for different types of action from local government in serving its citizens. While our city’s past 50 years have been great, we need to modernize city government to carry us into the next fifty. Here are some ideas I think are worth exploring:
Simpler set-up and use of online auto-pay for things like water bills
Establishing recurring Facebook/Instagram Live video updates so that city government becomes more open and accessible to all while meeting citizens where they’re at – online
Improved partnership with the school district on areas of shared concern, especially mental health
Support Small Business Development
Beyond being an important part of our community, small businesses help keep local money local, and diversify our property tax base so that homeowners don’t have to carry so much of the burden. Let’s support small businesses already here, and help new ones to start.
Ensure Responsible Stewardship of Natural Resources
We’re blessed with incredible natural resources here in Johnston. We should be doing what we can at the city level to protect them and ensure they can be enjoyed by this generation and beyond. Here are some ideas I think are worth exploring:
Covered bus stops so riders waiting outside aren’t exposed to sun, thunderstorms, or snow with no protection; residents who commute via DART are helping the entire community by taking cars off the road, which reduces pollution, traffic, and road wear-and-tear; we shouldn’t make it unnecessarily inconvenient
Increased access to natural resource areas via trail and publicly accessible waterways; the new kayak launchpad on the Beaver Creek at NW 70th Ave is a great start
Continuing pre-existing efforts such as the oxbow restoration within the Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area, and the Johnston Farmers’ Market, a project of the Johnston Lions Club whose proceeds support the Residential Tree Program
Served as co-chair of the Citizens for Quality Johnston Schools Bond Committee that passed and led to over $112 million in K-12 school improvements
Led the charge to successfully add a student representative to the school board
Founded the Johnston High School Silver Cord Program
Worked with dozens of JHS alumni via Generation Pay It Forward to raise more than $25,000 for Summit Middle School students in need
Member, Johnston Arts Council
Small business owner
Former Fortune 100 employee, with experience managing business budgets of millions of dollars
Former member, New Johnston HS Design Committee
Former committee chair, Toebben for School Board
Member, Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Church
Johnston “Sandbox Kid”; attended Johnston K-12
BA, Government, Georgetown University
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