So why the heck I am running? Wasn’t four years as a member of the Highland City council enough? My council experience actually exceeded my expectations. Granted they were low, however I found I enjoyed learning, responding to questions and writing about city issues in my blog. I also found that if I didn’t get push back on positions I ended up being unsure of them. When challenged I listen and do more homework. I find that my convictions are strengthened by the process or I modify my position based on new information.
The council and staff has “moved the ball” forward during the last four years. I want to be involved in continuing to make improvements on how we operate as a city.
Why I am running for mayor of Highland City.
When I ran for council I initially had to push myself out the door to walk neighborhoods. But as time went on I found that I really enjoyed talking with Highland residents. This time I was excited to go “tracting” again and I am enjoying the opportunity to meet people like you.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me via phone, text or email. Below is a copy of the content of a flyer I am handing out when I go out and knock on your doors.
When I ran for city council I committed to do three things:
- Solicit your input
- Share information
- Make informed decisions
I kept those commitments!
- Posted 112 articles covering council meetings and local issues.
- Hosted 15 “Issues & Information” meetings which provided an opportunity for us to talk with city council and school board members, state legislators, and state officers about local issues.
- Key issues, such as how to fix the roads, were addressed only after extensive research was conducted. Click here to see my posts that included road discussions.
- The city now conducts an annual resident survey on matters facing the community.
As your mayor, I will continue to:
- Solicit input and respond to comments and questions
- Improve transparency in our decision-making process.
- Work with staff to provide the council and residents with accurate and complete information.
Specific issues that are on my priority list:
- East-West Connector: Create a legislative committee to ensure that the state legislature ratifies the Development Center Board’s decision to build the road. Click here to read my posts related to the connector
- Open-Space and Parks: The open-space fee, park usage and maintenance are complex and emotional issues that must be addressed. I will work with staff and the council to gather essential information and identify the most equitable and reasonable solutions possible.
- Zoning: It is clear from the recent city surveys that residents want to retain the large-lot feel of Highland and enjoy the city’s family friendly environment. I will ensure that the community continues to be involved in zoning decisions so that these values are protected.
The city is on the right track. I will ensure that we continue moving in the right direction.