Note: Some of these answers appear to be longer than 100 words. Scott, please trim.
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What makes you the best choice for this office?
I have lived in Castle Rock for 14 years. I have seen a lot of changes, which gives me a good understanding of what this town is about and the issues we are facing. My children have attended school in town from kindergarten and are now both at Castle View High School. As a mother, I am deeply committed to this family-oriented community. I am also steadfast in my commitment in providing transparency within our town government. I am not a career politician nor have any intention of becoming one; I am a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” person who wants to have a direct voice and make a difference in the community.
If you're elected, what one single issue will be at the top of your agenda?
I believe our single largest issue is our current rate of growth. This impacts our water, roads, traffic, schools, and all aspects of our lives. Castle Rock has a lot of natural beauty and charm. I love our downtown and the uniqueness of the buildings and small businesses. I love the variety of natural open spaces and recreational parks for my family. Unbridled growth can jeopardize the uniqueness of Castle Rock; therefore, it is my goal to keep our distinctiveness preserved. If elected, I will strive to keep what makes our town great and be the voice of the people. Growth is inevitable, but it should be responsible and well-planned.
If you're elected, what must you accomplish in order for you to consider your term a success?
My goal for a successful term would be to ensure that my constituents are educated and involved in all critical decisions facing our community. I believe it is of paramount importance to have an informed, knowledgeable community as they are the ones who live and work here. I will want to see a stronger collaboration and direct input from the residents on what they want their town to be, not just the wishes of developers and others of high influence. I want to lay a solid foundation based on a shared vision that preserves Castle Rock not only for our current community but our children as well.
If elected, how would you continue work to help small local businesses recover from COVID-19?
I would first direct them to the current Douglas County COVID-19 Relief Grants for immediate assistance. The current town council also just authorized another round of small business grants specific to Castle Rock. I would organize several roundtable and/or virtual meetings with the small business owners for them to share their concerns. Additionally, I would conduct several surveys of our small businesses, as defined by Douglas County, to determine what else the Town of Castle Rock can do to assist. We need to ensure that they can stay afloat in these exceedingly difficult times. They are backbone of our local economy and represent the essence of small-town community.
What do you believe is the best way for Castle Rock to manage growth and development in coming years?
A key factor is to expand our tax base from being 74% dependent on sales tax. Relying so heavily on sales tax dollars drives the perpetual need to grow. We need quality economic development that brings higher-paying jobs to the community (e.g., insurance, financial, engineering, technological, medical, etc.) so people can live and work in the community. We can be so much more than a bedroom community, and obtaining additional industries besides retail can expand our tax base. Additionally, we need to gain more participation from the broader community in the planning and decision-making process to attract a broad range of primary employment opportunities across various industries.
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