Only 10 more days until the Burlington Iowa City Council Elections - Tuesday, November 7th. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider voting for me.
Infrastructure is one of my highest priorities. I will fight to ensure that Burlingtonians have access to our beautiful parks, and riverfront via safe, dependable roads, sidewalks, bridges and bike trails.
With the population aging, I feel enhanced lighting on our streets would not only be welcoming but a safety issue as well.
I've worked for hospitals and schools: allowed me to multi-task and come up with new, innovative ways to save & make the college money.
Retail as a Hy-Vee dietitian: I learned the customer is boss. City politics is government closest to the people.
Southeast Iowa Community Action: helped me to recognize that many people in our community live on fixed incomes and I will work hard to hold the city accountable to fiscal responsibility.
Milestones Area Agency on Aging: Spearheaded the Senior Produce Box project which demonstrated outside the box thinking with new ideas. Some of the city's solutions could be right in front of us if we look at creative and novel ways to approach them.
As you can see I've worked with all ages of the lifespan from grade school to grave. You don't have to live many decades before you realize most of your life is in the rear view mirror. I'd like to give back to a community that has given me so much while I still can.
When most people think of politics they want to do one of three things:
1. Give up
2. Shut up or
3. Throw up.
Not me. I want to roll up my sleeves and get to work for the citizens of Burlington.
I've spent my career as a registered dietitian - on the front lines with food-insecure people - disabled folks, those on fixed incomes. My role as a council member is to find the balance between representing the interests of the majority of residents, while respecting the rights of all.
I taught as adjunct faculty at SCC. In this capacity I learned to multitask and find innovative ways to save money and generate income. Education helps us live in harmony with our neighbors. I'm pro library, schools and youth.
Recreation & Tourism drive people to Burlington. I heard a speaker today mention tourism dollars topped over $466 million, employing over 67,000 people in Iowa. The expansion of walking, biking trails, says, "We welcome you here."
Did you know Burlington has higher than the national average of home ownership? How about lower commute time? We may have our issues but what community doesn't? Burlington is a great community to raise a family, to retire. I want to give back to Burlington, a community that has given me so much. Instead of asking newcomers, "Why Burlington?" we should be asking, "Why not Burlington?"
I've waited ten years for my moment to run. I attended political training at the Carrie Chapman Catt Center in Ames in 2007. They advised me to wait until my son could drive. I understand the time commitment necessary to represent the people to the best of my ability....and I waited. I'd like to take a moment to compliment everyone who threw their name in the running. 15 people running for 3 seats is lot of interest. I hope you'll take a few minutes out of your day on Tuesday to vote.
As a woman, I lend a unique perspective to politics. Women tend to better reflect the needs of children, seniors and the economically disadvantaged. Women have been found to be more creative, coming up with novel ways to save cities money. Being social by nature, they bring more citizens into the process. City Government is politics closest to the people.
You don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
I'm ready to start. I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and work for Burlington. I hope you'll consider giving me the opportunity.Voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7 am -8 pm Thank you for voting. I appreciate it, even if you vote for my talented 14 competitors. Please let your voice be heard.