As a Fiscal Conservative businesswoman, I will be a strong voice for:
Military veterans and first responders
Advocate for our animals and for our seniors
A strategic plan that includes the voice of the residents and businesses
Smart growth initiatives
Quality and efficiency in government
Making infrastructure a priority for both current and future residents and businesses
Economic development initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all residents (high paying jobs, business incubators, corporate headquarters, entertainment)
Cultural arts programs for all ages
Enhanced collaboration with the municipalities
"A New Vision, A Fresh Start"
Fayette County has one of the best school systems in the state, being in the top 5%. As your commissioner, I would support the school system as they strive to be a world-class school district. Advances in information and technology have put us in a global economy, and we must develop our students to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators so that they can be more globally competent and competitive. At the same time, we need to hold our school system to a high level of accountability to ensure funds are properly allocated to accomplish this vision in a fiscally responsible manner. This vision should also include the development of a technical college within the county, given the heightened demand for technological skill sets.
Fayette County has options for all living experiences, and I will continue to support these options, while at the same time working to improve the amenities throughout the county. With the average sales price for a single-family home in Fayette County at around $243,000, it is also essential that we develop a strategy for workforce and senior housing. We would want to preserve what we can to make sure our home values continue to stay high while preserving greenspace so our cities and county can continue to keep the beauty it already has.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital continues to be recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country. We need to ensure we are providing a quality of life for these health service professionals to include a variety of housing options.
I will work diligently with all stakeholders to ensure that District 1 receives its fair share of infrastructure improvement funds, especially in the areas of stormwater and road maintenance, also for our animal shelter and senior services.. Through effective collaboration with all commissioners and citizen town hall meetings, I feel it is also critical to prioritize projects throughout the entire county so that funding is allocated to those areas with the most need. We must also plan for the replacement of aging infrastructure as well as carefully assessing the feasibility of developing new infrastructure. We have a huge budget and together, I believe we can shift money around to be more effective with areas of citizen concern, without raising taxes.
We need to better support the initiatives of the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) to expand and bring in target industries in the fields of advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, corporate headquarters, film and creative media, information technology, and health sciences. In addition, we need to communicate with the municipalities and the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on their economic development initiatives to ensure we are continually building upon the wealth of our county and effectively supporting the "Create Your Story" platform.
Fayette County has a wealth of cultural arts opportunities, especially in the areas of music, theater, and the arts; however, we can be stronger. Through effective collaboration with all stakeholders, we can continue to improve in this area.