I, like all other candidates, recognize the importance of Safety, Housing Stock and Economic Development in the growth of Lakewood. I am not a politician, or an incumbent. I am a Lakewood citizen and have lived in Lakewood for over 25 years with my husband Jake. My step-daughter, Tessa Smith, and her family live down the street from us on Grace Ave. I love Lakewood and my passion for this city resulted in my enthusiasm to be involved in its reputation and growth. So, I began to volunteer.
Community Involvement
My service to the City includes: Two terms on the Citizens Advisory Committee − on this committee I learned how tough decisions are made within the city about where and how federal monies are spent. Grow Lakewood Committee − serving with many that you know Mayor Summers, Ed Favre, and Nikki Antonio − we carefully explored how Lakewood could grow and prosper in changing economic and social climates. Many of the recommendations coming from that committee continue to serve Lakewood well today. I currently am serving my second term on the Lakewood Loan Approval Board the reviews and approves loans available through Lakewood’s Community Development Fund for housing and/or store-front rehabilitation
The Issues
I am a Ward 4 Precinct person and Serve on the Executive Committee for the Lakewood Democrats. I have over 30 years of business experience in Speciality Medical and Dental Practices as Business Administrator and Office Manager. My experience driving performance improvements in a dynamic environment include managing financial operations, budgeting and enforcing regulatory compliance as well as developing and implementing strategies for business improvement that resulted in the creation of million dollar practices. I have excellent communication skills and enjoy solving complex operational challenges.
My Vision
As a devoted supporter of the arts, I believe that the arts and cultural community can serve as an economic engine. My bold vision for Lakewood is to be a driving force behind that economic development, much like Matt Zone drives the Gordon Square District. I say, “Why isn’t the Cleveland Orchestra playing in Lakewood?” I intend to explore those options while attending to the historic nature of neighborhoods that create an attractive, safe environment that embraces diversity while nurturing families and independent businesses to make Lakewood their home. I believe my life and local experience demonstrates the level of commitment and passion for Lakewood that I will bring to my role on Council. Thank you for your consideration.