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Building a Better Brooklyn Center Together

I am committed to representing all residents of Brooklyn Center fairly and equitably. With a focus on promoting a vibrant, economically diverse community, ensuring fiscal responsibility, and enhancing public safety, my vision is to create a city that thrives for everyone. Join me in building a better Brooklyn Center together!

As the Housing Commission Chair and a member of the Finance Commission, I have a unique perspective on the needs and opportunities within our city. My commitment to Brooklyn Center is unwavering.

  • I support public safety, ensuring our neighborhoods are secure and our residents feel safe.
  • I encourage diverse development to attract and retain businesses, fostering economic growth and innovation.
  • I promise to govern with common sense solutions, focusing on efficiency, accountability, and transparency in government spending.
  • Additionally, I advocate for a balanced approach to housing, providing affordable, safe, and accessible options for all residents.

Together, we can make Brooklyn Center a beacon of prosperity and a place where everyone feels valued and heard. Your support is crucial in this journey, and I am dedicated to serving our community with integrity, honesty, and respect for all.

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My priorities

As a dedicated member of this community since 1999, I have witnessed the strength and resilience of our community. I have seen how we can come together to overcome challenges and build a better future for ourselves and future generations. I believe that by working together, we can address the issues that matter most to our residents and create positive change in our city.

Fostering collaboration between law enforcement and residents is crucial for building trust and ensuring public safety for everyone. I understand the importance of investing in programs that address the root causes of crime, such as poverty, mental health issues, and substance abuse. I believe that by addressing these underlying issues, we can prioritize public safety and create a safer and more resilient community for everyone.

My approach is transparent and grounded in integrity, focusing on solutions that genuinely benefit our city. I understand that efficient and accountable government spending is paramount and promise to ensure that every dollar spent is an investment in our future. 

I believe in the importance of responsible fiscal management and will work tirelessly to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used wisely. I’m committed to working collaboratively with city officials, residents, and community stakeholders to find innovative and practical solutions to the challenges facing Brooklyn Center.

Supporting a mix of businesses not only enriches our economic landscape but also brings our community closer together, celebrating the diversity that makes us strong. Brooklyn Center thrives when our local businesses flourish. Attracting and retaining diverse businesses that will instill a renewed sense of pride in our community. By fostering an environment where businesses of all sizes can prosper, we create a stronger, more vibrant Brooklyn Center.

Access to quality housing is a fundamental right for all members of our community. Brooklyn Center, as a vibrant and inclusive city, should provide a variety of housing options to meet the diverse needs of our residents. This includes ensuring that housing is affordable, safe, and accessible to all. Expanding housing options for people in all life stages and of all economic means is crucial for creating a diverse and inclusive community.

My roots run deep in this community—I’ve lived here since 1999, raising my family and building a life alongside my husband of 28 years. We chose Brooklyn Center because we saw its potential and the strong sense of community here.

Professionally, I currently work at NMDP, a global nonprofit leader in cell therapy, where I make web experiences powerful, engaging, and rewarding to use. I believe that solving problems with smart people who have a sense of humor is the key to success. 

In my free time, you can find me spending time with my family, enjoying chicken wings or a great burger, reading books, and watching documentaries and volunteering for different organizations.

I graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. This education has provided me with a solid foundation in communication and strategic thinking, which I believe are essential skills for effective leadership.