Candidate Questionnaires

I have received several candidate questionnaires from news agencies and local groups. Here are my submitted responses:

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Preserve Flagler Beach and Bulow Creek (PFFBC) - Candidate Questions

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FlaglerLive - Candidate Questions

Link - FlaglerLive Interview 2020

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Palm Coast Observer - Candidate Questions

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Link will be added once it is posted.

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Flagler Tiger Bay Club - Candidate Forum - Flagler County Commission

A candidate debate was hosted by the Flagler Tiger Bay Club on September 24th.

Flagler Tiger Bay Club - Candidate Forum - YouTube Link

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WJXT Election 2020 - Candidate Questions

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

(1) The citizens of Flagler County deserve good governance and accountability, and to have leadership that recognizes government officials have a duty to spend tax dollars wisely (as they are a finite resource). As a state government employee, I am very familiar with Florida’s Sunshine laws and how the levers of government work. And that governing by surprise is NEVER a recipe for success. Government accountability to me means to be prudent and as efficient as possible when spending taxpayer dollars. I believe that government accountability, effectiveness and stewardship can always be improved upon. (2) Sustainable growth - It is up to the local governments within Flagler County to manage that growth in a way that builds a sustainable community. To maintain quality of life we must balance the short term benefit of additional tax revenue against the long term costs of infrastructure improvements. (3) Environment - Flagler County’s growth over the last few years isn’t limited to straining the local infrastructure, but is also having an impact on water quality, water quantity and the loss of green space. The immediate temptation of additional tax revenue needs to be balanced against long term infrastructure obligations and impacts to the area’s water resources. As a mother of two young children and a native Floridian, I want my children to experience the same beauty of Florida I had when I was growing up. People have chosen to live here because Flagler County offers more than just development.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

I believe the citizens of Flagler County deserve to have a choice in who represents them, and that I am not more of the same old same old. The citizens of Flagler County deserve a representative on the board who will push for accountability and transparency. The voice that will push for the county to get away from knee jerk decisions and towards long range planning. A voice to start asking the hard questions about growth management, to be better stewards of your tax dollars, and to push for preserving our natural resources BEFORE they are lost. Decisions being made yesterday and being made today will impact this county for decades to come. A county commission needs to have a variety of viewpoints and voices. As a state government employee I have worked on land conservation programs and with water quality and water quantity issues, and have worked with a variety of stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

Improving cooperative relationships between the county, other local governments and stakeholders within Flagler County in order to build a more resilient and sustainable community.

If elected how would you address the calls for racial justice?

It is the responsibility of government to promote policies, practices, attitudes and actions to set in place a framework for racial equity in our community. Decisions ranging from zoning to creating an annual budget should be reviewed with a critical eye to identify any inherent bias that may be present in those decisions. In doing so we can incrementally improve towards a more fair and just society, but it requires sustained effort.

What challenges does COVID-19 present to the office you are seeking?

Budgetary constraints in the upcoming years are a near certainty. These budgetary challenges will make for difficult choices on what government services should continue to be funded, reduced or eliminated completely in the years to follow. We will need to rethink how we provide services to the community once a post-COVID-19 new normal is realized.

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2018 - Previous Candidate Questions

In 2018 I ran for the Palm Coast City Council District 4 seat.

My FlaglerLive interview responses can be found here:

Link - FlaglerLive Interview 2018