My family has lived in Orono for 15 years. Orono citizens deserve elected officials willing to listen, and to act with strength and compassion. I am ready to do both, and am asking for your help today as I run for Orono City Council.

Service to others was an integral part of my upbringing. My parents instilled in me the fundamental belief that what truly matters in life is service to others. I value the youth of our community and was honored to be a co-creator of Recess Rock Stars, a character-based education program for elementary students in the Orono district. Early professional experiences as a Master of Social Work helped build my strong ethical practices, which are rooted in decency and mutually respectful relationships. I volunteer as a court-appointed special advocate for children (CASA) in Hennepin County. This role requires diplomatic communication in court hearings, negotiating conflict, fact-based reporting, and recommendations to the court that are in the best interests of the child. I am honored to serve as an member of the Orono Park Commission. In this position I have led initiatives to offer residents convenient, effective means for communicating with city officials.

In all of my roles, I have honed my skills in working with diverse groups, active listening, and taking decisive action. As a council member, I will use this experience to serve the best interests of Orono. The voices of longtime and new residents are important, and I will listen to them all.

The small town character and rural aesthetic of Orono were reasons my husband Sean and I chose to raise our family here. Our two children have attended Orono schools since kindergarten and are now employed by the same businesses they frequented as young children.

With your support, I will work to strengthen Orono's legacy as a close-knit community that values its long history of responsible decision-making and the protection and preservation of its natural beauty.