The final day of voting is close. As a service to those looking for information on the candidates, here is a shortened version of my bio. I look forward to representing each Sparta citizen while serving on the Council!
I believe that “the most important job in a democracy is that of a citizen” and continuously works to improve the ability of citizens to do their job well.
I attended high school in nearby Roxbury township. I have a Chemical Engineering degree from Clarkson University and have worked in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries. While living in several areas across the country since high school, I returned to the area in 2000 and have been a regular visitor to Sparta for the last twenty years. After raising my three children as a single parent from the time my oldest was in second grade and being the sole caregiver for my parents in their later years I moved to Sparta in 2013. I believe that development needs to enhance the feeling of community, which increases property values and enhances the lives of residents. Many people are looking to live in communities that have walkable neighborhoods with local shops and restaurants. We need to balance sensible development with environmental responsibility.
Honesty, Integrity, and Transparency: I believe these are the core values of a good representative. I have lived those values during my time as a School Director and Board President at Delaware Valley School District in Milford, PA, and as a Trustee, and President of the Lake Mohawk Country Club (a community of 2,700 individual properties that lies mostly in Sparta). I am proud of my efforts to increase the amount of information that is accessible through websites and social media sites so that it is easier for people to find answers. I advocate for continuous improvement of community engagement. A recent example is the 2019 decision where LMCC Members voted to re-acquire the Lake Mohawk Pool. All the information about the condition of the property was made available to the community. Several on-line and in-person meetings were held to present the information and provide voters with all the information needed to make an informed decision. The board did not make a recommendation and trusted the voters to decide what was best for the community. I serve on the LMCC Lake Committee to ensure we are doing all we can to be good stewards of our environment.
I will deliver on the pillars of the campaign: Transparency and Community Engagement, Fiscal Accountability, Sensible Development, and Environmental Responsibility. I look forward to representing each person in Sparta while serving on the Council.
Candidate for Sparta Township Council