1. What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing Stephenville?
The biggest challenge that Stephenville faces, is the growth and expansion of our University and keeping up with the demands that this brings. Stephenville needs to be a community that our young entrepreneurial minds are able to stay and help grow and expand Our community. Stephenville needs to be able to grow and expand along with our University in the manner that is best for our citizens. We need to be able to provide jobs for our citizens as well as provide an enticing job market for our young entrepreneurial minds. This will naturally allow expansion in Stephenville which will benefit all citizens.
2. Do you support an events center/multi-purpose facility? Why or why not?
I support an events center/multi-purpose center facility in Stephenville. After doing my research, as well as speaking with numerous people in our community, I have seen that the majority of our citizens are in support of this prospect as well. Even though I am in support of an event center, I do, however, believe that this is not something that Stephenville should be burdened with funding. There are many different options on how to fund this needed project, all which must be explored in-depth to determine the best way to fund this project without putting any further burden on Stephenville. I believe this project needs much community involvement and input in order to provide the best, most successful center for Stephenville.
3. What are your thoughts on the East Side Sewer Project?
The East Side Sewer Project is a hot topic this election cycle and a huge reason I got involved. A Sewer system is one of three basic needs a city is must maintain (sewage, water and roads) and in an efficient way. The “East Side Sewer Project” is a nine-year project, with many moving parts.
What the community may not be aware of is that the city of Stephenville is not in compliance with the required rules and regulations, and in year 10 (2018) Stephenville will begin to be fined because of our failure to be in compliance with state regulations. Stephenville must make the sewage in compliance in order to build a thriving community. It is obvious to me that because of feet dragging and not asking the tough questions that need to be asked, the city of Stephenville is now a mere 8 months away from being fined and still having to complete the Project to bring our sewer system up to code. This Project must be on the forefront of the City Council’s mind from now until it is complete.
4. How long have you lived in Stephenville and what clubs/organizations are you a part of?
I was born and raised in Stephenville. I only left Stephenville to attend college on a track scholarship and attend law school in Fort Worth, Texas. During the time that in which we lived in Fort Worth, my daughter still participated in sports and activities in Stephenville. Stephenville has always stayed my hometown even when I lived elsewhere. As soon as an opportunity arose, my husband and I (my High School sweetheart) knew this was the place to bring and raise our family and help grow our community.
My husband and I both own our own businesses in this community and are always looking for ways to build our community. The biggest way we attempt to support and grow this community is by adding as many employment opportunities we can, participating in the Chamber of Commerce.
5. Why should voters choose you instead of your opponent?
I am better suited for this position because City government is not only about how choices will affect our community now, but how will the choices we make now affect our community in five, ten and even fifteen years down the road. I see the big picture goal for growth in this Community and I see how the Council can affect that growth.
I want to help the community in bringing more jobs, repairing and maintaining the basic needs of our city, with as little burden on our citizens. It just takes time, effort and research, which I am ready and willing to do. This community is my hometown; I am emotionally attached to Stephenville and am passionate about growing the community with better opportunities so that my children and grandchildren want to stay here and continue the growth of our wonderful small town.