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Age 28
City/town Ludlow
Education/Degrees Associates of Applied Science
Community Involvement Supporter of LYF After school program teacher at Ludlow Elementary
Campaign Message Safety. Community. Family.
I am running for a position on Ludlow’s City Council, so that I can listen to concerns and advocate for my neighbors, friends, and family. At the beginning of this year, I went to a council meeting to address issues I was having the property next door to me. I had previously reached out months before to code enforcement and members of council, but nothing had been done. In high hopes I took all evidence I needed to support my neighbors and I, to prove to council that we needed this issue fixed. Someone had dropped the ball on monitoring this rental property and the structure of the building, drug activity and crime stemming from it had gotten out of hand. Throughout our explanation we were interrupted and antagonized. We were given the run around and told things like, “well this kind of thing happens everywhere.” The behavior and attitude of the administratir and attorney representing the city of Ludlow was and still is a disgrace. My hope is that this election changes that.
I am a 28 year old mother of 2 boys. I had my oldest at 19 and have never been big on following politics. I am a rational human being and a strong and honest woman. I am ready to listen and learn. My heart is in this election for my family, my community and our legacies. I want to help make the decisions for our City that my grandchildren will be proud of. Ludlow is a very special place and we cannot sell ourselves short. After the election and no matter the outcome I will continue to ensure Ludlow is a great place for our children to grow and hope to instill integrity, values and passion for the next generations to come.
No services can be cut at the current time but if I were to cut anything, it would be administrative pay.
Senseless lawsuits need to be ended. Code Enforcement needs improvement. Ludlow needs government transparency. I am not willing to raise taxes. There are ways to work with the community and businesses to increase revenue. Ludlow council recently voted down a development. We realize our city’s potential and know that a better opportunity will present itself. If we have a Mayor and Administration that is willing to work with businesses and citizens rather than against them, the possibilities for Ludlow will be endless. We have a strong ballot this year for council full of genuine citizens who want the best for Ludlow because we live here, we raise our families here and these decisions affect us.
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Age 32
City/town Ludlow, Kentucky
Education/Degrees Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies (Xavier)-Anticipated Graduation Spring 2020; Rank I in Educational Administration (Xavier)-2015; Masters of Arts in Teacher Leadership and Literacy Education (Northern Kentucky)-2011; Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching (Eastern Kentucky)-2008; High School Diploma (Ludlow High School)-2004
Community Involvement Teacher at Ludlow High School for the past 11 years. Varsity Head Coach of the high school Cross Country and Track & Field programs as well as Junior Varsity Head Coach of the Boys Basketball Program.
Campaign Message Building community through thoughtful, intelligent leadership.
Ludlow is a community that truly holds a special place in my heart. I have had the pleasure of experiencing this city as both a public servant and a resident. Over the course of the past 11 years, it has been my pleasure to serve as a teacher at my Alma Mater, Ludlow High School. I am extremely proud of the work that we have been able to do during my time as a teacher. Our school has a history of academic success and ranked in the highest tier through the first phase of the Kentucky Department of Education’s new accountability system. For my work I was recently named the 2018 Kentucky Council for Teachers of English/Language Arts (KCTE) State High School Teacher of the Year. I am running for city council to further serve this community, its citizens, and its businesses with the same passion I have been able to serve its children with for the past 11 years.
Throughout my career, one of the qualities that has been vital in allowing me to work with students and parents alike is my ability to communicate. The inability to effectively communicate can be incredibly counterproductive to city leadership. I am very willing to listen to and discuss all angles of an issue. We need to be able to have positive and thoughtful discourse, even when we disagree with each other. Thoughtful leadership will serve me well as a city councilor. I have one objective guiding my decisions as I prepare for office: always work to do whatever is best for Ludlow and the majority of its citizens. I will give all decisions the proper credence that they deserve, communicating with those involved and working to understand every possible angle of a decision. I understand the shoes that many of our citizens are in: I grew up here, I work here, I own my home here. As your city councilor, Ludlow and what is best for our community will always come first.
As a city we need to work to fully consider where we invest our money. In the past, investments have been made that did not provide the city with the greatest return on our investment. We must be intelligent with how we spend our money and truly understand the impact our decisions make on both our present and our future. We must also ensure that we do not spend tax dollars in a frivolous manner and that it can be invested in a manner that works best for the citizens of Ludlow.
I do not take raising taxes lightly and will work hard to find solutions that avoid major tax hikes for our citizens and businesses. While we need to work to expand our tax base by attracting residents and businesses to our town, we need to carefully consider the long term impact such investments would have. While I will definitely push for solutions to bring new residents and business into our town, I am not willing to sacrifice long term growth and tax base potential for short term solutions.
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