Issues

Local government has an opportunity to take the lead on helping our city and our citizens plan ahead to continue building a thriving and prosperous community. As your city councilor, working to improve these efforts is a constant ongoing process. We need to be willing to try something new and take responsibility for engaging the community. Governance should be an active, not passive, process. Read more to find out where I stand on the issues.

I encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation while maintaining balance to meet the needs of motorists. I am an advocate for infrastructure that supports pedestrians, cyclists, and patrons of public transportation.

As Moscow grows, we should be working to encourage high-density, walkable housing. New developments are great for the growth and development of our city. I support doing this in a smart, forward-thinking way.

Moscow is not immune to a changing global climate. Our city has done an excellent job of beginning to track its energy use so that we have a baseline measurement that we can work to decrease.

Local government has an opportunity to take the lead on helping our city and our citizens plan ahead to continue building a thriving and prosperous community.

I will work to support local businesses, employee-owned stores, cooperatives, and larger economic development initiatives.

Many of the city council’s meetings over the last few years have been shorter than in previous years and many of the votes have been unanimous or 5-1. To me, this shows an unwillingness to do anything more than just go through the motions. As a city counselor, I intend to ask the difficult, important questions necessary to ensure that we are being thorough in our decision making.

Over the years, I have listened to citizens say that they don’t know about certain programs or city functions or that they don’t feel included and listened to in decision making. Often, the response from the city is that they have made an effort to hold a class or an open session, but that people didn’t come. Therefore, our elected officials feel that they did their due diligence and the responsibility now falls on the citizens to come to them. I disagree.

Listening to this feedback and working to improve these efforts is a constant ongoing process. We need to be willing to try something new and take responsibility for engaging the community. Governance should be an active, not passive, process.

When the city makes large financial commitments like we did with the recent Moscow city rebrand, there needs to be a strong plan in place to ensure a return on our investment. I am committed to ensuring your tax dollars are spent wisely.

I strongly believe in participation, both in the voting booth and in our government—at all levels. My generation has largely lost faith in its public servants. I am working hard to change that. With years of experience as a community organizer, I know the importance of bringing people and ideas together and the effect it can have on policy.

As technology advances, we can utilize new developments to communicate what government is doing and how citizens can participate. By modernizing our government, we can provide people a direct link to city initiatives important updates, and to city staff and elected officials.

Moscow is a special place to live. It is why I made the decision to stay after graduating from the University of Idaho. We have a culture of supporting one another and creating an environment for everyone to thrive. I want to support this on an individual and a policy level.

I know that I won’t have all the answers to the problems that face our community, but what I do know is that our community is full of bright, dedicated individuals that have a lot to bring to the table. As an elected official, I will work to find the balance between drawing on my own experience and expertise and bringing new people and ideas into the discussion to find the best solutions for everyone.