"Originally from West Virginia, I come from a blue-collar, hard-working family. My father was a steelworker, my mother an office manager. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to receive an outstanding education, including a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, and a Ph.D. I have been lucky enough to explore the world, live in different countries, and come to the conclusion that both sides of the political spectrum can simultaneously be right and wrong if working for the people is not an altruistic endeavor.
I want to work for you.
That is regardless of your political party. We need to continue putting one foot forward in Maidencreek Township, without continuously putting one foot back. We need to continuously improve our schools. And our public safety. With extensive experience in navigating the political theatre that is being an educator at the university level, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental bureaucracy, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Cost of Living
In the 2021 Township Budget, as prepared by the current Board of Supervisors, a recommendation is made to consider a "tax increase of at least .00075 mills to make up for the loss of revenue associated with COVID 19."
If elected, I will vote "no" on every proposed tax increase. Those living in the township were just as financially harmed by the pandemic as the Township budget. Citizens should not bear the burden of correcting the budget through tax increases.
I promise to microscopically examine the budget in order to locate opportunities for small savings across many budget items.
Resorting directly to increasing taxes on citizens still reeling from the devastating financial impact of the pandemic is a prime example of unimaginative governance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left local economies throughout the nation in unchartered territory. Thankfully, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. But now the hard work begins.
Businesses have been damaged by the pandemic. Others have been forced to close (Klinger's in Fleetwood being but one example). If elected, one of my immediate focuses will be to work with local business owners and other members of the Township Council to create an environment that is not only attractive to new businesses but also provides the current ones the necessary economic conditions to grow and thrive.
For example, the development of a relationship between the Township and Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center is an innovative approach that would allow those with unique business ideas to partner with business consultants to get their business idea from dream to reality.
If seated as a member of the Maidencreek Township Board of Supervisors, I know full well that it only occurred because of your vote.
Because of that, I represent you. Not my own interests. To establish this, I plan on having full transparency. For example, the November 9, 2020 Police Commission meeting highlighted the lack of awareness voting citizens had of the impending dissolution of the Northern Berks Regional Police Department.
You can view the meeting here: November 9, 2020 Meeting
Social media has made it easier than ever to keep citizens informed of the Board of Supervisor's actions. I am not scared to post scathing rebukes on decisions I do not agree with, nor am I intimidated by the actions of others.
I will always provide you transparency, insight, and truth when it comes to Supervisor decisions, actions, and discussions that ultimately impact you.
And, because of that, I will always reach out to you to gauge how I should vote on important matters. My voice on the Board of Supervisors is ultimately your voice.
Northern Berks Regional Police
First and foremost: I support the Northern Berks Regional Police. The fact that the force was nearly dissolved is an outright embarrassment. It is a direct result of leadership that is more concerned with their personal vendettas than the constituents they were elected to serve.
As well, tax dollars were wasted in the process. Exactly $500 went to advertising the Maidencreek Township Chief of Police position. Just under $5,000 went to consultant W. Ron Smeal to interview Chief of Police candidates.
This shows that a change needs to be made at the Police Commission level. If elected, I will push that all decisions of the Police Commission need to be unanimous. Doing so means that no one Township will be harmed by the decisions of others. It just makes sense.