Councilor, Ward 2
OCCUPATION: Associate Professor of History, Willamette University
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Visiting Assistant Professor, Ramapo College of New Jersey (1989-1991)
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: State University of New York College at Brockport, B.S., 1980; State University of New York College at Brockport, M.A., 1983; State University of New York at Binghamton, Ph.D., 1989
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: None
As Salems quality of life and prosperous economy attract more residents to our city, it is important that we manage growth wisely. I will work to ensure that future growth shapes the development of Ward 2 and the rest of the city in positive ways. I believe that strong neighborhoods, old and new, are the surest guarantee of a bright future for Salem. Strong neighborhoods are those in which people know their neighbors and use easily accessible local services. They are areas that are people rather than auto friendly, support small businesses rather than shopping malls, and take pride in their local schools. Strong neighborhoods have ample, well maintained, and safe public spaces that make recreation easy and bring residents together. They have vibrant neighborhood associations and a strong voice in city government.
A well-run city preserves and enhances the quality of life for all of its citizens. As Salem struggles to overcome severe budgetary problems, it is not only important to protect fire and police services to all parts of the city, it is also essential that we restore severe cuts made to our library, park, maintenance, and social services. Diverse and cohesive neighborhoods, high quality services, a healthy environment, and a well-maintained infrastructure make Salem a fine place to live, do business, and visit. I will work to restore the health of the citys finances without increasing the tax burden on families or home owners.
Our communitys diversity gives us the chance to build on our various strengths and work together to meet the needs of all residents. I look forward to being a part of that process.