- Why are you running for office?
I love Airdrie fiercely, and as a wife, and mother of three, I’ve grown to see a lot of areas for opportunity here. We deserve not only a thriving economy, but resources, infrastructure, and programming for families and youth that will truly let them shine. Families have struggled more than ever these last few years between the recession and the pandemic, and as a City, it’s time we create urgency and accountability around the policies that shape our day-to-day quality of life. I’m running because I understand where we’ve come from and where we are going, and have the passion, energy, and knowledge to drive it forward.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
Live – Let’s make the day-to-day easy for residents. Snow removal, waste management, and other city services shouldn’t be complicated. Let’s get people better returns for their tax dollars by creating valuable services that actually lower the overall costs in the long-term and increase quality of life.
Work – The City of Airdrie staff have put together excellent strategies between their Economic Strategy and Downtown Revitalization Plan. As a councillor, I will work to support policies that expedite these strategies because the world of work has changed significantly in the last couple of years and we need to pivot to embrace it. The strongest economies are the ones that encourage spending within their own city limits.
Play – Over and over again, it is proven that investing in cultural groups, the arts, sports, and tourism has proven to draw in incredible returns on investment. We need to be willing to look into ways to creatively fund all of these things to encourage local economic growth.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
Ultimately, it boils down to the mental, physical, and financial health of all of our citizens. If we can attract jobs to Airdrie, we attract dollars, which in turn go to all of our local businesses to help them thrive, creating happier and healthier families. By working with the council to encourage policies that help stimulate our local economy, grow programs that support healthy and happy families, and make sure we have local resources to support our citizens and businesses when times are tough, we will create a strong city that can survive any challenge that comes our way.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
Instead of talking about transparency and accountability, let’s talk about why people should care. Let’s talk about how City council can talk “real” talk and communicate with people without a perceived veil of secrecy or complicated language around issues. Let’s bring it back to the people we work for and engage them and teach them why it matters. You’ll see in my campaign that I’m working hard to share the “basics” of politics and taking the shame out of not understanding what’s going on in our city.
- Why should residents vote for you?
The role of a councillor is to make decisions on policies and practices that are for the greater good. If you have ever felt confused or surprised by decisions made by the city, if you’ve ever felt frustrated trying to register your child for a program only to find it full, if you’ve ever been left stuck in your driveway because the snow isn’t cleared for days, if you or your organization have closed their doors because of financial woes or cut funding, I am your voice. I will advocate for all those who have felt unheard or underserved to achieve the best outcomes for all.