I'm a 44 year-old Emory graduate with a BA in writing. I own a successful writing business helping companies communicate ideas to their employees and the public.
I’ve built a career on making complicated ideas easy for everyone to understand. I’m excited to bring that talent to our city council. I can be a bridge between the city leaders and everyday people.
I’m also a mother of three teenagers, and a 20-year Carroll county resident who has lived in Carrollton for the last 12. My experiences raising kids here has shaped my perspective.
I’ve experienced firsthand the effects and challenges of suburban sprawl. I've seen what can happen to a town when unscrupulous developers are given free rein, and that's why beautification, quality of life and sensible growth mean enough to me that I'm willing to run for a seat on the council.
Three years ago, we moved from an outlier subdivision to the Rome Street area. For the first time in our lives, my kids were in walking distance of bike lanes, sidewalks, parks, and people-friendly crosswalks. We felt safer and more connected with our neighbors, and closer to community activities. Our street had a 200 year-old oak presiding over the neighborhood. We had shaded places to sit, ride bikes and walk to stores. We didn’t have to spend all of our time in the car.
For an average working family, these little things added to a dramatic upgrade in our quality of life. This shaped the perspective that I want to bring to the city council.
I want to ensure that the city continues to move in this direction.
Quality of life upgrades go hand in hand with economic growth. Small, incremental changes drive business investment, tourism—and the next generation of home buyers. That’s why I support:
I support representation for all citizens. If your prosperity has been built on property development, construction, engineering, real estate—then let’s face it. You are already well-represented on the current council. However, our poverty rate is double the national average. I live in an average neighborhood. I have no vested interests. As your council member, I will be accessible and responsive because no matter who you know or what you earn, we are all part of what makes Carrollton vibrant, strong and original.
Beautification Projects like the one underway for the Bankhead corridor are fantastic ways to invest in our city, and utilize a relatively small portion of our cash reserves while driving business and raising quality of life for everyone. I want to continue to focus the city’s attention on redevelopment and renewal of city blight, and to draw on leaders and thinkers with fresh ideas to help drive economic growth from new industries.
The Carrollton Center for the Arts draws tourism dollars, corporate investment, and builds a quality of for our citizens. We should make sure our center has the essential upgrades it needs to do be a success. Our city leaders do a great job running a tight ship and carrying out the business of our city. But when it comes to art, artists should be the ones in charge of programming—not engineers.
Greenbelt expansion allows more city residents and students can walk and bike to events, restaurants, the Amp, the Arts Center, local businesses and essential shopping—without having to rely on cars. People-friendly city design is a low-budget fix with high returns: it eases traffic, increases walkability, accommodates those with transportation challenges, and saves lives. Yet there is still a surprising lack lack of updated crosswalks and sidewalks. None of our citizens should be killed or injured simply for trying to cross the street or get to the grocery store.
Smart development: We only have one downtown and we must protect its character—and our long-term costs. In the rush to provide new housing, we should preserve the shade and the 200 year-old trees that make our downtown walkable and give us a sense of place. Rather than building expensive mini-subdivisions, we should consider the long term infrastructure costs and favor mixed-use developments, redeveloping vacant structures, and other innovative ways to address the “missing middle housing.” I take pride in our square and want to continue partnering with developers who want to leave a legacy, give our children a connection to the past—and a vision of the future.