Originally Published: June 30, 2017 6 a.m.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of profile articles on the candidates running for Prescott Mayor and City Council in the Aug. 29 primary. The profiles will focus on the candidates’ backgrounds, while a future series will question the candidates on current local issues.
Length of time in Prescott: 19 years
Educational background: 2015 Prescott High School Graduate with Distinction; Bachelor of Arts Candidate in Political Science at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University
What made you decide to run for City Council?
Prescott has been my home for my entire life, and I intend on living and raising my family here for many years to come. I am running to protect the vitality of our unique and wonderful community. I want to preserve our quality of life, work to create opportunities for young families, and protect our natural resources and open space. Ultimately, I am running to make sure that Prescott stays Prescott for many more generations.
What do you think would be your strengths as a council member?
As the youngest person running for City Council and a Prescott native, my strengths as a council member would be providing a perspective and experiences that no other candidate has. I am also very open-minded and willing to listen and consider those opinions that are different from mine. I excel at working hard, problem solving, and active listening which are all qualities that our City Council needs.
What is the main issue facing Prescott in the coming term?
The main issue facing Prescott in the coming term is balancing our PSPRS unfunded liability with providing the services that our Prescott residents deserve. We need a council that is innovative, visionary, and functional in order to address this balancing act, and I know that I can contribute these qualities to our City Council. The future of Prescott is relying on a Council that will continue to provide services while taking care of our PSPRS payments.
What are your goals and priorities as a council member?
My goals as a council member are to work to provide opportunities to attract and retain young families; to restore funding to public safety services; to sustain smart and incremental economic growth; to protect and preserve natural resources and open space; and to find a solution to Prescott’s PSPRS unfunded liability while simultaneously working at the state level for reform.