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What I bring
I am a wife, mother, Realtor, and award-winning journalist with a background in print journalism, specifically military and local news coverage including reporting on government bodies – like city councils. I’ve pored over school and city budgets. I’ve followed capital improvement projects from concept to completion. I have fully immersed myself in all of the things that make a community work and gained a broad knowledge base regarding the workings of a city. A great local paper celebrates the victories of a community while also watchdogging local government. A great council person would do the same and use the seat to keep citizens informed and engaged while serving without fear or favor. That person should come to the seat without special interests and would therefore never have the need to abstain or state a conflict. I can do that. I have been married for 19 years to a U.S. Navy veteran and son of a Navy Commander who grew up in Virginia Beach and moved our family here as soon as the opportunity presented itself – he is our city’s biggest fan. Our son, who is a Junior at Cox High School, is a shining example of the quality of Virginia Beach Public Schools and his teachers at W.T. Cooke, Virginia Beach Middle, First Colonial High, and now Cox. We have two grown daughters, a grandson, and a granddaughter who have all called Virginia Beach home.
This is going to be a historic City Council election in Virginia Beach with newly formed voting districts that represent our unique areas in this city and have allowed for six seats on our council to be up for election. The 10-district system allows for greater community representation while not diluting minority votes and gives residents a dedicated representative on the city council. I support this system and I want to see it in action. This is a chance for our citizens to vote for new leadership and help right this ship.