Why I’m Running

20638840_658074654389227_6923446905126123916_nHi! I’m a writer, editor,  historian, and long-term Farmington resident. I’ve lived in Farmington since 1999 and currently reside in a lovely 1920s apartment called Collinwood, a mere 100 steps from the heart of downtown.

I ran for city council in 2017 and was the top vote-getter in the Nov. 7 election, winning a 4-year term as Farmington’s youngest female city councilmember. My mission was simple: to give our city a 21st-century boost while enhancing the historic downtown we know and love.

My term expires in November 2021, and I am planning to run again.

I grew up with a sense and a love of history. And I think that’s one big reason why so many people love this city as I do. The old-fashioned, small-town feel. The close-knit feeling of knowing your neighbors. Walking downtown to the library, the Civic, the farmers market. It’s a big part of what makes Farmington … Farmington.

Farmington has a reputation as a family community — a historic community — a city with a heart. And as the downtown continues to grow and develop, I believe it’s important that we embrace that reputation, because it’s what sets us apart from other similar cities in the Metro Detroit area.

We need to preserve and build around our historic roots. At the same time, there’s plenty we can do to bring Farmington up to speed in the 21st century.

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 in Farmington or food truck rallies or community forums for the digital age.

We owe it to ourselves, too, to make sure that when we talk of progress and investment in Farmington, everyone’s included.

When I was running for election in 2017, I spent the summer in the neighborhoods, knocking on doors and listening to people’s ideas and issues. And while there’s widespread love for our historic downtown all across Farmington, many folks in the outlying neighborhoods feel like they’ve been forgotten in the rush to bring in mega-developments.

That doesn’t sit well with me. And it’s because I’m thinking with a different mindset than many city leaders. Instead of pouring money into building new supersized housing complexes downtown, I’d rather invest in improving our neighborhoods.

It’s a bottom-up, not top-down, approach. It means going out and talking to people about what the city could do better for them. It means asking for feedback about the kinds of development that people do want to see. Maybe forming a new committee that would lead to (for example) better walkability.

61870434_2043747235734741_2141628074272227328_nThese are things everyone in the city can benefit from. And I’m dedicated to speaking out for things that matter most to our community. My term expires in November 2021, and I will be busy knocking doors, fundraising, and running for re-election the summer of 2021. Join me!

If you’re on Facebook, please  “like” my Council page. I post meeting previews, recaps, Farmington news, and my views on various goings-on in Farmington.

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