Hi! I am an editor, photographer, and Farmington resident since 1999. I got into local politics after a former councilwoman pulled me aside, as I was organizing a petition drive to save Victorian houses in downtown Farmington, and said “You know, if you really want to make a difference, you’re going to have to run for Council yourself.”
I ran in 2017 and finished as the top vote-getter, winning a 4-year term as Farmington’s youngest female city councilmember. I then had the surprise of my life when I replied to an email from TIME magazine about women running for office and had my photo featured as part of a collage on the cover of the Jan 18, 2018 issue.
Since then, I’ve read hundreds of pages of zoning code and learned more about water and sewer repair than most people care to know. I’ve posted meeting recaps on Facebook, waded through a flooded Farmington street (twice), and worked to pass a voter-approved millage that ended the all-too-often flooding, got Farmington finances back in the black, and finally made the Farmington Road streetscape (coming 2022) possible. When the pandemic hit, I helped create a social district where you can #supportlocal and drink on the sidewalks downtown. I voted for expanded outdoor dining and socially distanced city services to protect the public and our civil servants against COVID-19. And I’m not done yet.
I live in downtown Farmington and, as a self-avowed history nerd, routinely risk my life by standing in the middle of Grand River to take photos of old buildings. This should come as no surprise to those who know me; local history has always been one of my passions. I’ve twirled an umbrella with the Warnerettes Parasol Drill Team since its founding, volunteered at the Warner Mansion museum and Farmington Historical Commission, and for two years ran a then-and-now history column called Vintage Point in the local newspapers.
I’m in the unique position of being 30 years old but enough of a Farmington lifer that I still call 9 Mile/Farmington “the old Farmer Jack’s.” I think millennials and long-time residents would agree that our historic small-town feel plays a big part in creating the sense of place we associate with our city. Balancing that authentic, historic feel with a 21st-century vibe will always be one of my top priorities as a city councilmember.
My day job is managing editor of The ACHR NEWS, a trade magazine publication that covers the heating and cooling industry. I also report for Northville’s monthly magazine The ‘Ville, and in the past, I have worked for Michigan History Magazine, the Farmington Observer, and the Novi News. As an editor, my job is to combine multiple viewpoints — sometimes clashing viewpoints — to get to the heart of an issue. I know that solving problems takes research and investigation, and it takes actively going out and asking people for input. That’s what I do when reporting, and what I strive to do on Farmington City Council as well.
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Committees I’ve served on: Multicultural Multiracial Committee (MCMR), Elections Committee, Parking Advisory Committee, Charter Review Committee, Farmington Area Arts Commission, Pathways Committee, Historical Commission. I am also a member of the Farmington Area Jaycees.