Political Party: Democratic
Running for: Town Council
Education: I hold a BS and MS in Special Education from Southern CT State University and a post-graduate diploma in Educational Research from the University of Stirling, Scotland. I am a licensed school administrator.
Work experience: Prior to my 2019 retirement, I was Dean of Students at Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT. Earlier in my 40-year career, I was a pre-K through grade 5 Special Education teacher at Mill Hill School, Southport, CT.
Political experience: I am new to politics in Monroe.
Community experience: Over my 35 years of residence in Monroe, I have volunteered at Save Our Stepney events and supported countless regional activities, including the Bethel Criterium, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, Fairfield County Pride, and, as a musician, with Litchfield Hills Pipe Band and Shamrock Traditional Irish Music group affiliated with the Fairfield Gaelic American Club.
Family: I have four generations of family here in Monroe and live in Stepney with my spouse and Westie”.
What makes you a great candidate for Town Council?
I believe residents are entitled to more services and better service delivery. I have an understanding of our community and the skills and heart to get the job done. Town government must be transparent, keeping residents apprised of all projects and the allocation of funds.
My education and experience as school administrator equips me with the skill to conduct research, interview stakeholders and understand the complexity of documents in order to make informed decisions.
I want to see changes in the status quo that I believe falls short in meeting the needs of our community. While development is important, careful development is essential, i.e. balancing resident needs, economic considerations and the environment. On the contrary, careless development has had a negative impact on many residential properties. Several of my neighbors, for example, complain of water runoff and lighting pollution from Route 25.
Furthermore, road conditions are unacceptable in many neighborhoods. Curbs are destroyed by snowplows and not replaced. The patchwork of repairs makes driving worse. As a town with an eye toward the future, we must do better than this!
As a member of Town Council, I will:
- Listen to all voices.
- Be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.
- Take careful consideration in making decisions that benefit the residents of Monroe.
- Assure strong schools.
- Enhance senior services.
- Support the Arts as a necessary ingredient toward a thriving community.
I ask for your vote on November 7th. Together, we move Monroe forward.