I grew up in a small village in rural Ohio. I am a wife, a mother, an activist, and a graphic designer. Growing up in a family of gardeners and in the country, I’ve always had a love for being outside, nature, gardening, food quality and its’ origin, and the environment.
My interests took on new heights when my son was a toddler and my daughter was a baby. Both of my kids had a “common” medical issue in which doctors couldn’t answer the “why” nor could they give any good nutritional advice beyond a generic list of a few foods to try to implement or avoid. Around the same time, a childhood friend’s newborn baby had a tumor and was diagnosed with cancer. I remember thinking, cancer used to be known as a disease in which the elderly got sick. Now so many babies and children and young adults my age are being diagnosed and dying from cancer. I wanted to know why! My mission to find an answer led me to research how our food is grown and processed, nutrition, and ingredients in our food. I have continued my research into environmental issues, minimalism, the use of plastic, and alternative housing options. As I learned, it significantly influenced my interests and drove me to want to learn even more and to do my part to make a difference.
My desire to make a difference led me to get more involved in my community. Becoming more familiar with Maumee made me begin to question whether the city had a comprehensive plan. I discovered an overall plan had not been done since 1975. Since one of my first jobs out of college was working with urban designers and city planners, I learned a lot about how important it is for a community to have a vision and a plan for the future. I wanted Maumee to have a vision and plan that would better position our community for continued but managed growth and success. During this process, it seemed the answer for getting better involved and able to make a meaningful difference was to run for Maumee City Council.
Maumee needs to have a vision for the future, make intentional choices and change the way we interact with the environment. I will make decisions along with city officials and community members that consider the safety and health of all living things first.
I choose not to be a critic but to try my hand in the arena. I find being involved energizing and that is why I have decided to seek public office as a member of Maumee City Council in 2021.
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