How long have you lived in the area?
My parents, brother and I moved to Carlisle in 1975. I’m a 1984 graduate of Carlisle High School.
How many City Council meetings have you attended/observed in the past year?
I’ve not attended any council meetings this year. I have sat in on a few, in the past, when some issues such as parks director, animal control, etc., were on the agenda.
Why do you want to be elected to public office?
I’ve always been involved in my kids’ education, their sports, as well as other community activities. While raising my children, I would have liked to have done more, but time was a precious commodity. Now that my children are practically grown, I feel I have more time to devote to our community.
What qualifications do you have that enable you to meet the responsibilities of a city council member?
First of all, I’ve had 28 years of experience working in an industry that is all about problem solving and meeting people’s needs. The core of the insurance industry is protecting people from the unexpected, while helping pick up the pieces when the unexpected happens.
Secondly, I’m a mother that’s been in the trenches, so to speak. I’ve coached my son’s soccer teams, when there were no volunteers and I’ve managed the concession stand for city league basketball, on a shoestring budget. I know what it means to have a good parks director in place.
Lastly, I’ve served on the CHS Alumni Association Board for the past several years, which has given me wonderful insight to citizens that have grown up here and are still living here, as well as past citizens. that are no longer living here. I like to listen to what they notice or what stirs them, when they return home. I also completed the Lonoke County Leadership Training course in May, 2008. That training has also given me insight into our community’s contribution to the county, as a whole.
What do you believe to be the most important issue facing the city council?
There are always the ongoing issues of jobs, infrastructure, the economy, etc. They are all important. One area of concern, for me, is the mosquito. It’s been an ongoing issue, as well, however, the stakes have been raised on that front, with West Nile Virus. We’re a farming community. We’re going to have mosquitoes, but I think that we can pull from that farming knowledge to find a way to work smarter, in this area.
What would you do to meet the issue?
I know, in the past, that committees have been formed to help with enforcement of clean-up of overgrown lots and items lying around collecting water. We need to make sure that drainage water flows freely and we’re not allowing water to stand. I’d like to work with these committee members, city workers, and townspeople to eradicate some of the problem areas. Before, the mosquito was just a nuisance, now, with West Nile, it can be deadly.