An Air Force Veteran with a Master's Degree in International Relations, I have lived in communities all over the U.S., the Middle East, and Europe. I have learned a lot about what makes a strong community and what can weaken it. I believe that building and keeping a vibrant community depends on valuing and protecting the community assets that together form a unique sense of place: our diverse cultures and long established communities, our Art and culture, our historic architecture, our rural character, and our precious natural environment.
WHY I AM RUNNING AND WHAT I BELIEVE IN
People and Ideas
Hillsborough is a place where people with wildly different life experiences, educational backgrounds, ideologies, and cultures can sit down together and have a serious discussion, but leave the table as friends. We need creative, optimistic leaders with vision, courage, and intellectual humility who are willing to engage with the best ideas from across the political spectrum to find practical solutions to our community's challenges.
The Triangle area is booming, with cutting edge industries, start ups, and major corporations choosing to headquarter nearby. Hillsborough's central location, historic charm, and vibrant arts culture make it a highly desirable place to live, work, and play. I want to make sure Hillsborough benefits from this renaissance, without losing our character. We need a long term vision for growth, with shovel ready plans for mitigating traffic as well as biking and walking paths that connect all Hillsborough neighborhoods to shopping centers, restaurants, medical facilities, and downtown.
People and The Environment
As more and more of our farmland, wooded areas, and lower income housing are redeveloped, we risk losing our rural charm, our woodland neighbors, and our racial and socio-economic diversity. We can minimize some of that loss with good policy-- leaving wildlife corridors that provide cover, safe passage across roads, creating rural lifestyle friendly policies, and doing everything we can to support long time residents struggling with a rising cost of living. Our natural environment is a precious asset. We can minimize destruction of open and wild spaces by encouraging higher density and mixed use development near commercial areas, shopping centers and transportation. Pollinator habitat loss, urban heat, and pollution caused by development can be reduced by incentivizing the installation of living roofs and solar panels on flat roofed buildings.
Our town manager, staff, first responders, public safety officers, non-profits, and other community leaders have worked hard to ensure Hillsborough is safe, peaceful, culturally vibrant, and beautiful. They have my sincere respect and full support. It is vital that they have everything they need to succeed, including the trust of town leadership. I will do my part to foster a collaborative environment where their expertise, opinions, and honesty are encouraged and valued.