Democrat for Ward 5 City Council
I attended public schools and grew up in a union family. I served honorably in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve.
I moved to Ann Arbor in 1993 to attend the University of Michigan. I graduated in 1998 with my B.A. in Sociology. I chose to make this my home because I loved the unique charm and character of this city and its people. I’ve always felt welcome here, and I share this community’s values.
As a licensed Property & Casualty Insurance Adjuster, I’ve been providing financial security and restoring the lives of families and the operations of businesses after catastrophes and losses since 2002. I’ve always enjoyed helping people. I’ve volunteered to work severe storms including hurricanes Frances, Jean and Wilma as well as other catastrophic events around the country. I believe that my extensive experience working with people from very diverse backgrounds, during or shortly after very traumatic events, all while having to balance competing interests using well-honed ethical decision-making skills will help me serve this community well.
I’m a lifelong independent Democrat, I vote consistently, and I’ve volunteered in the campaigns of multiple Democratic candidates.
I’m involved in local groups like the Library Green Conservancy. I volunteer to help when my church, Zion Lutheran of Ann Arbor, provides temporary shelter for the homeless because the Delonis Center overflows. As a member of Zion, I’ve also delivered meals to Sequoia Place Senior Apartments and to Peace Neighborhood for their after school program for children. For the last several years, I’ve worked with friends, like the late Ethel K. Potts, and neighbors to try to improve many local policies.
In 2015, I became more active in local government due to concerns about the lack of transparency, fiscal responsibility, good public engagement and resident involvement around some important issues. I ran for City Council in 2016 and again in 2017.
Since 2016, I have attended dozens of City Council, Commission, and other public meetings, and I’ve spoken often. I applied to several City Commissions in 2019 including the Planning Commission, the Environmental Commission and the Greenbelt Advisory Commission. Earlier this year, I attended the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy. I’ve wanted to serve my community for a long time.
Transparency, openness and complete honesty about important issues are crucial to maintaining a strong democracy and to developing the kinds of good public policies that we will need to meet our needs and reach our goals.
One of the great strengths of the Ann Arbor community is that we embrace diversity. Being inclusive is more than just accepting differences, we must create and maintain an open dialogue while we are developing solutions. Our solutions must succeed in meeting the needs of all of our residents and in reaching our stated goals. I believe city government must listen to all of its residents.
When I am elected, I will ensure that our residents will be adequately informed and engaged on all of the important issues that affect them, and I will judge each issue on its own merits and be a positive voice in our local politics.