Family/How long living in Spokane Valley: Husband, two adult children – son/daughter; one grandson. Lived here since 1998.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? We have many issues that will be coming our way as a city and I felt it was time to get involved at another level and offer my experience to the citizens. I worked for the city of Spokane Valley from 2008 to 2015 for the deputy/city manager. I developed and managed three department’s budgets and created the draft Six Year Business Plan into the working document that is still used today. Working with I.T., I established the city’s online customer service request and response program for interaction with the citizens. I was part of the team who created the city’s first Economic Development Ad Campaign. I have been a Planning Commissioner for the past three years, past chair. In my current employment with EWU and previous private sector management positions, I manage with a fiscally conservative approach keeping expenses below revenues generated and use resources in the most efficient manner for profitable outcomes. I am a member of the WSDOT TDM Technical Committee and Spokane Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee. Additionally, my husband and I owned a construction and surround sound installation company for 25 years.
What are your goals for the Spokane Valley City Council?
My goals are to find sustainable revenues for road preservation by working with the citizens and getting their input; continue economic development leading to higher paying jobs to keep our graduating talent here and families intact; and, continue the “Bridging the Valley” transportation infrastructure to help with the movement of goods, services and people throughout the city. These goals align well with the direction the city is headed and I hope to use my budgeting skills to assist in moving these forward with the continuation of a lean government.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future?
The biggest issue facing the city is finding the resources to sustain our pavement preservation program. Putting one-time money from our surplus to supplement the program is not the answer. We are experiencing good revenues today from our sales taxes and real estate excise taxes but we have to remember that this kind of economy does not last forever. Currently, we have $3.9 million in surplus money that is not ear-marked to any particular project. If we continue to dip into this annually to supplement the pavement preservation program, as we have done, it won’t be long before it is gone and then we will still be faced with the same problem in finding sustainable funds for our roads. I don’t believe in kicking the can down the road. I believe in having those hard discussions with the citizens and asking them two questions: What kind of road conditions are you comfortable with and what are you willing to pay to keep them that way?
What differences separate you from your opponents?
I have nearly 10 years of hands-on, city-related experience that no other current or past councilmember has had coming into an election. I was an employee of the city and now am a planning commissioner. Having this experience allows me to understand city business from a well-rounded perspective which is needed when reviewing council issues and making decisions that affect the citizens. I not only understand what lean, productive government is, I have the working experience behind what has kept our city lean and productive.
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