This is one of the hardest questions I’ve been asked. It’s easier for me to answer questions related to the budget or city issues as I enjoy researching issues and code and discussing the direction of our city with residents. However, serving on the City Council is challenging. Over the last four years, I and others on the Council have been accused of some horrible things. Dealing with city issues takes many hours away from my family. There are many weeks when I have city meetings almost every night. I have had to deal with urgent situations while on vacation and have many late nights working on communications for residents. There are days when I ask myself, why am I running for City Council? I’ve thought a lot about it and have come to the following conclusions.
Residents from throughout the community whom I respect and admire have expressed appreciation for my efforts and asked me to run again. I am humbled by their trust in me and appreciate their support.
I enjoy researching the issues. I have learned so much over the past four years and know this insight and education can be helpful over the next four.
I enjoy communicating with residents. My colleagues on the Council tease me at times (in a nice way) about my constant typing during Council meeting. I’ve heard from many who read and appreciate my notes and it makes it worth it.
I enjoy serving. Life can be overwhelming and challenging for all of us. I strongly believe that when we take time away from that and focus on serving others, it brings a sense of purpose and peace into our lives.
Mainly, I am running because I love Cedar Hills and care about the future of our city. This is one of the few places I’ve lived where you can see and feel the sense of community. I enjoy the friendships I’ve developed that will last a lifetime. I’m happy to see my kids making great friends who love and support them. I love the schools and the people who put so much time and effort into helping our children in a variety of ways.
Cedar Hills is home for my family. I care about the city because I want to raise my family in a community like the one we have. I know many of you want the same thing for your family. Ultimately, I serve out of love for the four people in the picture below.