Alderman Candidate for Ward 8
13 years ago, when my husband and I first moved to Eastport, we were confronted with the weekly distant sounds of gunfire and violent crime reports in the community. I began to ask questions of the City, the police and my neighbors. I eventually co-founded the Eastport Task Force to Stop Gunfire with many of my concerned neighbors. With lots of community support, we were successful in securing a new police chief and funding for the Capital City Safe Streets program.
When asked by the Eastport Terrace/ Harbour House community what we were going to do for the children now that we had addressed the law enforcement side of the issue, a few of my neighbors and I co-founded the Eastport Girls Club—now known as Seeds 4 Success. It’s a program that works with less privileged families in our community. It has always been my belief that we cannot simply put a band-aid over problems, but must deal with its root cause. We live in a diverse and vibrant community where we must all respect and help each other if we want neighborhoods to improve.
Over the years, my passion for our community has also led me to get more involved in other local civic groups. This included four years on the board of Junior Leagues of Annapolis, including a term as President, and graduating from the Flagship Leadership Anne Arundel program. I am also a past Treasurer and Board Member of the Eastport Civic Association.
Professionally, I have a strong background in finance and management. I am a Certified Public Accountant and hold a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. I have over 20 years of experience in private and government finance, management and business development.
Currently, I serve as President and CEO of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation. Just prior to this position, I was appointed, under two administrations, Controller for Anne Arundel County. As Controller I was responsible for the administration of County financial affairs, including collection of state, county and city taxes, all disbursements of county funds, bond sales, debt management and fund investment policies.
Four years ago, Annapolis was on the brink of bankruptcy. Despite some progress, the City’s financial condition remains precarious. The majority of the current council members have been largely unsupportive and are in fact the same individuals that contributed to the fiscal mess we were in four years ago. I want to work towards long-term fiscal reform. Only with long-term fiscal reform can we ensure funding for priorities such as public safety and the environment.
Now is not the time for our community to regress. This is why I am running as Alderman for Ward 8.