I’m a writer, editor, and historian. I was born and raised in southeast Michigan, and I’ve lived in downtown Farmington since 1999.
I work as managing editor at The ACHR NEWS (a B2B magazine published by BNP Media in Troy) and freelance for The ‘Ville in Northville. In the past, I’ve worked as an editor at a research nonprofit, as assistant editor at Michigan History magazine, and as a journalist for the Observer & Eccentric in Farmington, Northville, Plymouth/Canton, Westland, and Novi.
With more millennials and young families in Farmington, it’s important to have new voices in local government who’ll represent our views and concerns. Times are changing, and we owe it to our community to keep up with our wants and needs, be it new condos and townhouses or food truck rallies or community forums for the digital age … as well as staples like regular leaf pickup and safe streets for kids and families and seniors alike.
At the same time, I don’t believe that newer is always better. In Farmington’s case, 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.
Appreciating our heritage is something I live and breathe. I served on the Farmington Historical Commission in 2014-2015, then co-founded Preservation Farmington and led an effort to save a row of Victorian homes on Grand River, across from the Sundquist Pavilion. I’ve twirled an umbrella with the Warnerettes Parasol Drill Team since its founding.
I’ve volunteered at the Warner Mansion museum since 2009, where I pored over so many old photos that if I squint just so, I can almost see the outline of old Farmington as I walk through downtown. Balancing that authentic, historic feel with a 21st-century vibe will always be one of my top priorities as a city councilmember.
If you’re one of those people who votes in every election, you might also have seen me at the polls. I’ve worked behind the desk at Farmington elections for the past 10 years.
I’ve helped folks vote. I’ve reported on the issues and spoken at council meetings and hearings. But when you’re trying to get things done, sometimes you have to take it to the next level. That’s why I put my name on the ballot in 2017.
As an editor, my job is to combine the ideas of different people to make the best possible product. To get things done even when folks disagree. As a journalist, I know that solving problems often takes researching an issue and hearing what people of differing backgrounds have to contribute. That’s what I strive to do on Farmington city council.
I will continue to pour all my energy into making our community a true reflection of Farmington citizens, both downtown and across the neighborhoods that make up the city we love.