Like so many of you, I love Norfolk. I love our history, our diversity, our unique neighborhoods and our urban core. I love being able to walk or ride my bike to schools, shops, restaurants, cultural events, and places of worship. Norfolk is an amazing place to live, work and raise a family. That’s why my family chose to move to Norfolk more than a decade ago, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
But I am concerned that more families, individuals and companies aren’t making the choice to call Norfolk home.
So, today, I am announcing that I am running for Norfolk City Council’s Superward 6 seat. This was a big decision that I didn’t make lightly. However, after months of serious discussions with my family, mentors, neighbors and community leaders, I am excited to take on this challenge. Quite simply, I want to give it all I’ve got to ensure that Norfolk becomes one of the fastest growing cities, not only in Virginia, but along the entire East Coast. I will use my experience and drive to find innovative, new solutions that improve our schools and the quality of life in Norfolk.
I want to see more people moving to Norfolk for its vibrancy and unique quality of life. On the City Council, I will work to enhance our parks, activate our waterways and support our great cultural offerings. I want to return our Norfolk public schools to the nationally-recognized education system it once was, so that more families move to Norfolk to raise their children. I want to ensure that Norfolk is the best city in Hampton Roads in which to do business by supporting local business and attracting new ones – bringing both jobs and economic prosperity to our fair city. I want to create regional and actionable strategies to better address our flooding so we can enjoy living with the water instead of being threatened by it.
Ultimately, I want to help create a city in which my sons will want to raise their own families someday.
So, who am I?
I am a mom of three and Norfolk Public School parent who is fighting to improve the NPS system and make leadership more accountable.
I am a Norfolk Planning Commissioner who is working to make Norfolk a resilient city that can best cope with flooding.
I am an entrepreneur and business woman who wants to grow Norfolk’s small businesses; attract top quality, high-growth companies; and educate our workforce for next-generation jobs.
I am a community volunteer who has served on numerous boards and commissions, including WHRO, The Up Center, ACCESS College Foundation, Norfolk Public School’s Open Campus Advisory Board, Nauticus, Virginia Family & Children’s Trust Fund, CIVIC Leadership Institute, Hampton Roads Technology Council, and Virginia’s Small Business Advisory Board, among others, which provides me with regional and statewide contacts and knowledge of resources that can be leveraged for our city.
Most importantly, I am an informed, engaged and independent leader who actively listens and works to effect change.
Let’s work together to GROW Norfolk.
I promise to be an energetic champion for our fair city, and I ask for your support in the Norfolk City Council Superward 6 election in May, 2016.
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