My interest in Newport’s politics began in 2005, as soon as I settled down in Newport Heights.
My neighbors seemed to be always engaged in neighborhood issues. By 2017 I began to have enough time to look for ways to be more active and try to have a positive effect.
I joined the Board of Directors of SPON (Still Protecting our Newport) and made it a point to attend City Council, Planning Commission and other city meetings to become more fully informed.
I am a problem solver. It is what I do for a living. I believe change is inevitable. And I believe that it is important to participate in the planning of that change to achieve the best possible outcome.
Through this process, I also discovered a need for more effective communication and connection between our city’s leaders and our city’s residents and small businesses.
Major changes are coming our way in the next several years, and I plan to be actively engaged in meetings, study sessions, public hearings and more. I will continue my dialog with city leaders, neighbors, residents and small business owners on issues such as these:
- Community-Driven Decisions - Make informed decisions on topics that come before the council based on firsthand knowledge gathered from the community to supplement City Staff provided information
- General Plan Update - Ensure that the General Plan Update is developed based on community input
- Housing Density - Resist the State mandates to increase housing density
- Airport Issues - Fight to have Citizens voices be heard on Airport issues including expansion of General Aviation, noise and pollution issues
- Short Term Lodging - Support community resistance to Short Term Rental expansion at the expense of the resident’s peaceful enjoyment of their neighborhoods and home values
- City Zoning Decisions – Slow the erosion of City zoning variances that continue to proliferate
- Encourage transparency and contribute to making our city government more representative and inclusive
I encourage you to join me so that we can work toward solutions together and strengthen our voice with city leaders and decision-makers, an area with considerable room for improvement.