The greatest issue of concern in District 21 is the management of growth. For a community to thrive, growth must be approached in a sensible and judicious manner for all parties involved – including developers, residents, landowners, and business owners. Key decisions on roads and infrastructure should be considered for long-term, not just short-term, resolutions. We must evaluate our current plans and procedures to be sure they are beneficial to initiate change that matters not only in the present but for future generations. We have to make change that matters.
- Create an Area Master Plan for District 21 that allows us to grow proactively and not reactively.
- Utilize new and existing technology to better solve the traffic problems that plague the Eastside.
As a parent, I am constantly disappointed with the lack of green space for recreation. Without parks, trails and open areas for children and their families to enjoy the outdoors, we have created communities that don’t have outlets to socialize beyond backyards. Communities need green areas. Neighborhoods need safe places for children to play. Bike lanes, sidewalks, walking trails – these are amenities that would raise our overall pride in what we can provide to our community members. Our District can help meet these needs but only if we take time to evaluate how to implement these features. We need to make change that matters.
- Work together to add trails and parks to our communities.
- Strike a fair balance between the taxes that are assessed on real property and those collected from sales tax.
More than two decades have passed since our County has modified and improved the process for creating new business within the community. We must take a role of being a supporter of business – not an unintended adversary. As an accomplished businesswoman with a proven background in the promotion of business growth in many respected technology companies and, additionally, as a small business owner with my husband, I have a great interest in supporting and enhancing ecommerce and hospitality businesses in our District. It is imperative to find solutions to attract new business to the area that are cost effective while providing economic incentives and growth.
- Add transparency and accountability to our business development processes by increasing communication between County Council, the community and developers early on.
- Provide incentives such as effective infrastructure and affordable, economic property values to create more business opportunities.
District 21 has a long-standing history of strong leadership, and I believe that I am the best candidate to continue this legacy while working diligently and passionately to further the growth, sense of community and standard of quality that our residents and business owners have come to expect. Many issues are already on the table for future discussion – there is work to be done NOW. I look to the future and what will be beneficial for our community as well as Greenville overall. I am a Republican who values her community and believes that leaders should serve and represent the people of that community. My promise is that I will always listen and be accessible.
- Put together a coalition of community leaders to develop a website specifically targeted to the people of District 21.
- Listen and be accountable.