All three of my careers – journalism, government communications, and elected office – share a common theme: serving the community. I have been in executive management on both sides of major news events and policy debates, which gives me a deep understanding of readers, viewers, listeners, legislators, stakeholders, customers, taxpayers, and critics.
Serving on the Fircrest City Council is an incredible honor and responsibility. After years of writing news stories about elected officials, and then going to work for elected officials, I knew I wanted to try my hand at it at some point. It sounds cliché, but it really is an privilege to serve my community in this way.
When Kathleen and I decided to get married, we thought carefully about where we wanted to live and raise a
family. Fircrest was at the top of the list. Our little city is special – it’s like a peaceful oasis in the urban jungle. The quiet lifestyle is due to much more than a well-publicized speed limit. Fircrest has a true sense of place, it’s own identity that sets it apart.
My daughter attended Whittier Elementary for five years, and she’s now at Curtis High School. My son attends Evergreen Primary (our neighborhood is in the UP district). Fircrest has a great relationship with leaders of Tacoma Public Schools, and that will grow deeper now that Wainwright has re-opened and our city again is home to two schools.
I approach City Council policy decisions through a variety of lenses – as a parent, as a taxpayer, as a neighbor, as a customer. I’m not afraid to say what I think. I’ve worked with my Council colleagues to maintain a sustainable budget, a low crime rate, terrific parks and recreations services, a program for maintaining streets and sewers, and an attitude of customer service that welcomes residents and businesses. I will always encourage city staff to help you – our customers – find a solution.
I brag about living in Fircrest. And I sincerely appreciate and respect the role I have in gently steering the city through these modern, fast-paced times while preserving the qualities that make it such a quiet, neighborly place to raise a family.