HEALTH | GROWTH | BALANCE
As an active resident of Erie, I am passionate about healthy choices and lifestyle. The foundation of my platform is to make Erie a welcoming, thriving, and healthy community in all aspects of the town. My positions stem from that basis.
First and foremost, my platform begins with health. I care about the health of the citizens, the economy, and the environment of Erie.
I’ve spent the last five years in Erie organizing and building singletrack trails for people to walk their dogs, run, and build biking skills. Getting people outdoors and moving is my passion. The benefits of an active life are realized by the individual, within a family, and amongst the whole community. There are many ways we can encourage our citizenry to be active and healthy and, as Trustee, I will be exploring all of them to bring more options to Erie.
The economy of our town is strong and getting stronger. The town has begun to realize the benefits of the rooftops and income that reside in Erie. We need to keep that healthy by attracting more businesses and making sure they have successful places to locate and a good market to draw from. We have to spend our money wisely so we can realize returns on our investments whether in the form of income generated or the happiness of our citizens.
There are many concerns about the environment we live in and quite a few operations that detract from its health. I plan to challenge industrial activity that could harm the health of our citizens or the beauty of our town. Some oil and gas industry processes can negatively affect residents, schools, creeks, parks, and peace. I will work with the town to mitigate these risks and ensure all industrial activity is managed so it considers the citizens as much as the company.
Erie is growing and I’m extremely pleased with it. Our home values, retail options, and community assets are all increasing. Now is an exciting time to live in Erie. While it’s encouraging, we need to manage our growth so we don’t end up unorganized or lopsided. The town adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2015 that accommodates the anticipated growth and ensures we have a common sense approach to our expansion. In the CP some areas are slated for faster growth than others and some areas of town are to be carefully renewed. The plan calls for more diversity in housing, commercial, recreation, and industrial activity. I am completely in favor of this plan and will do everything I can to see it executed well.
While growing is exciting and increased options for activity are healthy, Erie must be well balanced. I am not in favor of building a community asset if it negatively impacts our debt or credit rating. A balanced budget is just as necessary as a balanced lifestyle. I will work to provide both for the citizens of Erie.