The City Council is the direct link between the citizens of Mansfield and a $100.2 million dollar business. My business acumen and effectiveness as a current council member makes me the best qualified candidate. I have an acute understanding of the dynamics of finance. This includes intricacies specific to municipal finance between the balance of income, expenses, debt obligations and the required fund balance indicating future stability of the city. I also make myself readily available to the citizens by phone or in-person visits at their convenience. I have been a consistent leader within the city for over 15 years.
I believe in concentrating the expansion of our commercial and industrial tax base to bring in strong businesses that provide high paying jobs, to ultimately offset our residential tax burden.
I believe in a dedicated focus on strengthening our police and fire departments to ensure the safety and well-being of Mansfield citizens as well as guests to our city.
I believe in advanced planning to keep Mansfield from experiencing infrastructure backlogs that some other local cities have seen. This will be a great impetus for Mansfield’s future and our ability to manage its growth for maximum effectiveness.
Polk did not respond to the survey.
I have 16 years of experience in education; five years as a teacher and 11 years as an administrator. My responsibilities as an administrator include ensuring students receive a quality education and goals are achieved. I employ a collaboratively decision-making process to establish an annual improvement plan, allocate funds, manage personnel, and ensure effective operations of the facility. I believe the leadership, problem-solving, and decision making skills that I have developed over the past 16 years have prepared me to serve as an elected official.
The most critical issues facing the City of Mansfield are economic growth, residential development, and maintaining a family-friendly community. I think the transformation of Mansfield from a small farming community to a thriving suburb has positively impacted the city, but it’s important to ensure the growth doesn’t outpace the city’s infrastructure and school system. The council also has to continue to make the city an attractive place to live for people in search of a family-centered community. I tend to address these areas by working with the community members, business leaders, school officials, and fellow board members to devise an effective plan to ensure Mansfield continues to maintain its status of being one of the best places to live.
The last three years on the board make me much more qualified with the training and continuing education hours I have received. I have children in the district and have experience with public schools.
Predicting the areas of growth and how to stay ahead of them is crucial. Keeping a healthy and stable fund balance while being a good steward of our tax dollars. Retaining our students and staff.
I am about individual responsibility and keeping it local. I think we should learn how to live within our means. I am a young leader looking to be a fresh voice for the people.
First, our children safety is not what it should be. Our schools are gun free zones! We need to allow the staff who already have a CHL and license, or want to get theirs to carry while working to protect themselves and the children. All mass shootings are in gun free zones where nobody can defend themselves. Second, stop spending and raising taxes. Finally, teach more family values.