I think perhaps the most compelling qualification that I have to run for City Council is my dedication to community service and helping others and my commitment to doing my best to work for the betterment of the City of Anaheim. On a practical level, I’ve spent over 20 years working in a variety of capacities at the local government level for another jurisdiction in the area. It’s that experience that has helped to shape my understanding of the unique issues that local governments face on a day-to-day basis, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked with many talented folks throughout the course of my career in developing solutions to various issues that have been crafted with the best interest of the community in mind.
In addition to the experience that my career has provided me, I am also extremely proud to be a current member of the City’s Park and Recreation Commission – where I have been a Commissioner for the past 4 years. During my time on the Commission, I’ve been able foster valuable relationships with my colleagues and staff as we’ve worked together to provide the City Council with recommendations to support the City’s parks and recreation programs and facilities. My time on the Commission has also helped to shape my understanding and awareness of many of the key issues that the City is facing – which has been invaluable to me in helping me develop the platform from which I am basing my candidacy.
Finally, I am an active volunteer within the community and am very proud of the work that I have done with the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council. My work with WAND, which has included service as the Chair of their annual Neighborhood Barbeque, and Tree Lighting has really helped to put me in touch with my neighbors and the residents of District 1. Those connections and the honest discussions that I feel privileged to have had as a result, have really given me a very clear understanding of the issues that are important to the residents of this District – and are the things that I want to advocate and fight for on the City Council, if I’m fortunate enough to be elected by the people of District 1.
And so, in considering my qualifications, I think I have a unique combination of front-line experience that I’ve earned through my years working in the public service – and I’ve been able to use that experience to compliment and inform my time as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner. In addition to all of that, I’ve been able to develop meaningful relationships with my neighbors in District 1 through my involvement with WAND that have allowed me to have a very clear understanding of the unique needs of this District. To close, the qualifications that I believe I bring to the table are a passion for service, a background in public service and an understanding of the issues facing the residents of District 1 and the City of Anaheim