I was elected to Westerville City Council in 2017 and have served as Westerville Vice Mayor since 2019. In that time, I have also served on the board of Visit Westerville, the Fire Board, the Parks Board, and the Parks Foundation Board. Close to my heart, I am on the launch team of WeRISE, the Westerville area's anti-racism organization, and I am a trained discussion facilitator with Otterbein University's Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.
As a mother of four, I want to help Westerville continue to grow into a diverse, vibrant, thriving community for the future. Through promoting small business, providing for our schools, protecting our fragile environment, and promoting diversity and inclusivity, I believe we can build the best possible Westerville . . . for everyone.
My husband Mark and I moved to Westerville in 2001 after graduating from the Ohio State University. We chose Westerville because we wanted to start a family, and we were drawn to Westerville's excellent schools and parks.
In the years since we moved here, we've had four daughters and experienced job transitions that have at times made it difficult for us to continue to be able to afford living in Westerville. While we enjoy many of the wonderful programs and activities that Westerville has to offer, I have met many other young families like ours who have had to move outside of city limits due to the expense of living here. I began looking at how the city spends its money, and wondering if there are ways to make life here more affordable for families, seniors, and others who may be struggling. During my first term as your City Councilmember, I have worked hard to develop and promote programs that make life here more affordable for younger families, older adults, and everyone in between.
I'm passionate about other issues as well. I have promoted environmental sustainability projects that will protect our valuable natural resources while at the same time saving residents money. Most importantly, I have fought to build a Westerville that is safe for everyone by prioritizing diversity and inclusivity in our laws and programs. Together, I believe, we are truly "One Community, One Future."