2020Presidential Primary and Municipal ElectionPinellas ParkPinellas Park City Council Seat 3
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I was employed for over 20 years with local company Jabil Circuit achieving the position of Global Business Unit Coordinator. In 2008, I accepted a position with a local utility as Sr. Planning Analyst responsible for long term maintenance outage planning and assisting with budget development. I also serve on safety and environmental subcommittees.
Bachelor of Science Accounting- 2000 B.S. Master of Business Administration- 2008 M.B.A
Sr. Planning Analyst
I am a 30+ year resident of the city. I have volunteered for 13 years on the city Parks and Recreation board and served for four years on the Board of Adjustment. I actively serve the community though various volunteer service projects year-round notably beach cleanup, facility repairs at homeless shelters, yard work at Bay Pines, and many more.
All candidates in this race were asked the same questions by the League of Women Voters.
Why are you running for City Council? What in your personal and professional experience makes you the best candidate for this seat? (400 character limit)
I’m running for City Council of Pinellas Park because I care about my city and its residents. My vision is helping to improve the lives of our citizens and I’ll use the planning and budgeting skills I’ve honed to support them and our growing city. In my service on the Parks and Rec. board, I’ve focused on ensuring that our city’s teens have better access to facilities to help keep them engaged.
What specific actions should the Council take to attract more living wage jobs, support small businesses and generate sustainable economic development? (400 character limit)
Less than 38% of our families earn $35k or more per year. We should partner with local colleges and trade schools to help our residents expand job skills and education. I believe a more skilled workforce increases wages, attract employers, and drives the economic development of Pinellas Park. Also, developing a small business program like The Greenhouse in St. Pete will add small businesses here.
Climate change and the associated increase in extreme weather is considered one of the top issues for the state of Florida. Does Pinellas Park have adequate planning and resources in place to prepare for and respond to the effects of climate change? (Multiple Choice)
1. Strongly disagree
3. Neither agree nor disagree
5. Strongly agree
Two of Pinellas County's major transportation routes - Park Boulevard and U.S. 19 - run through Pinellas Park. Pinellas Park also has the third highest accident rate out of 17 municipalities in the county. What actions should City Council take, both independently and with other local, state and federal agencies, to improve traffic flow and public safety? (400 character limit)
We need to address the rates of traffic accidents within our city and reduce the accident rate. I feel the time has come to implement a light local rail transit system or bus rapid transit (BRT) system in partnership with our neighboring cities and the county to reduce traffic on our streets. A good example of a light rail system to consider is in Charlotte, North Carolina.
What is your assessment of the City of Pinellas Park's financial health/stability in terms of revenue, expenses and debt? What actions will you take to ensure that the city remains on a firm financial footing? (400 character limit)
The City of Pinellas Park is in sound financial condition, fiscally responsible, cautious in incurring debt, and issues bonds only for specific development projects or infrastructure. With increased development taking place, using Penny for Pinellas funds to aid major capital improvement, and focusing on water and sewer infrastructure will ensure the public works are in place to meet needs.
What are your top two priorities for the city? What actions will you take to address each priority within your first six months in office? (Your response may expand on a previous answer or relate to a new topic) (400 character limit)
First, I would develop a partnership with local colleges to help city residents interested in higher paying jobs get into trainings and programs to advance their skills and education, giving our citizens a chance not only to increase wages, but also meet the rising costs of living. Second, I would work with the county and neighboring cities on a local rapid transit to reduce traffic congestion.