"As the mother of a twenty-one year old daughter with autism, I have learned the importance of giving a voice to those who are most vulnerable. It is in the advocacy for others that I have found my purpose. I want to be an example to other elected officials all over the valley on how to lead with honesty, integrity, accountability, transparency and respect."
Sandy has become a vibrant city that attracts people and businesses from all over. I am a supporter of business and its role in serving the needs of our community while helping to keep the tax rate low. It's important that we remain a city that continues to attract top companies and that we're also supporting our small local businesses. I believe Sandy has done a good job of this in the past, and I will work with the council, administration, and local chamber of commerce to see that continue.
Growth has a significant impact on all things, such as traffic, air quality, water supply, employment, housing, and recreation to name a few. But with awareness comes the opportunity to educate ourselves on the possible solutions so we may be proactive with our decisions and support the growth in a way that best serves Sandy and maintains the quality of life we have all come to know and expect. My number one priority will always be to represent the people who call this city home. Any new development must be responsibly considered, taking into account the positive and negative effects to all stakeholders to reduce the unintended consequences of these important decisions.
Sandy has been a very well-managed city for years and I would like to see that continue. I fully support maintaining the quality of life we currently enjoy, and will review all stated needs, but as the only District 4 candidate to oppose the recently 34% property tax increase, I want to see the data that supports these requests and exhaust other avenues for additional funding (including making cuts where possible) before ever agreeing to a property tax increase. Tax increases hurt residents on fixed incomes and worsen housing affordability. I will work to create budgetary efficiency and cut waste by utilizing data to drive priorities within the confines of the base budget. Tax increases should be a measure of absolute last resort.
Our first responders, both with the police and fire departments, are central to maintaining the quality of life Sandy provides to its residents. This is why I support competitive wages for our first responders so that we can attract and keep qualified public safety personnel, which becomes increasingly more important as our population continues to grow. I also support CIT (crisis intervention teams) training for our police officers. This is something I've talked about with Chief O'Neal, and something I would like to see happen should it be financially feasible.
Many politicians have campaigned on increasing transparency between the governing body and the public, but have fallen short of fulfilling those promises once elected. I have spoken up in support of increasing the accessibility of government to the public it serves and I was pleased when Sandy City Council began live streaming its public meetings. I will continue to advocate for transparency of government. One of the ways I will do that is by working to allow public comments to be taken online and read during City Council meetings so residents who are unable to attend in person can still fully participate. I will also provide residents with regular updates regarding upcoming and past City Council meetings, and be available to answer any questions that arise, just to name a few.
Traffic congestion continues to be a problem for portions of our city. While our economic prosperity has positioned Sandy as a model to other cities, we need to be sure we address the undesirable byproducts of that success. As your Sandy City Council representative I will take a more proactive approach by ensuring new development has planned the proper ingress and egress to reduce congestion, utilize technology to better time traffic lights for maximum flow, and I will look to promote alternative means of transportation wherever possible.
If the water event taught us anything it's that Sandy's infrastructure has been ignored for too long and has become a public safety issue. While putting money towards the structures and facilities that deliver our utilities is not fun, it is necessary. I will prioritize budget spending to include appropriations for our failing infrastructure.
Hellen Keller once said "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." To me, this quote sums up the power of community. After completing the Sandy City Citizens Academy in 2017, I created a Facebook group, Residents of Sandy Utah, to cultivate a place where we can share information that would be useful to all Sandy residents and business owners. I also completed the Sandy Fire Department Citizens Academy in 2018, and I hope to attend the Sandy Police Department Citizens Academy in the future. I will continue to work towards providing Sandy residents opportunities for increased community participation and engagement.
Sandy is unique in that it incorporates mountain living in an urban setting. The outdoor lifestyle is what initially attracted my husband and I to this area. The many parks and extensive trail system is what sets Sandy apart from other nearby cities, and their preservation has been a stated priority for Sandy residents. Land is becoming a scarce resource, therefore our parks and open spaces must be protected. We must also seek to acquire new open space as our population increases to give all residents a place for recreation.