First, thank you for taking time to learn more about me. I appreciate that your time is important to you and I thank you for sharing it with me.
Here is a little about me. I grew up in South Florida and have spent most of my life here. I attended Miami Dade Public Schools and am a graduate of Miami Dade College. I have spent the last 15 years working and volunteering in my community, first as a volunteer advocate, then as an aide to State Legislators, and full circle to a volunteer advocate.
While still living in Miami, I got involved with my son’s school. When he was in Pre-K, I helped out with the PTA, and the following year, when he was in Kindergarten, I became the President of the PTA. I also got involved with public education at the feeder pattern level and at the district level. My first trip to Tallahassee was as an advocate for Miami Dade Public Schools to try to stop FCAT from becoming the law of the state.
It was because of my advocacy in education that I met then candidate for state House, Cindy Lerner. Once she won her election, I became her District Aide and eventually her Legislative Aide. I have worked as an aide to several legislators including state Senator Larcenia Bullard and state Senator Nan Rich. I had the good fortune to work for Senator Rich twice. I worked for her for her first two years as a senator and her last two years as a senator. In the time between, I lived in Tallahassee and worked as an analyst for the Senate Democratic Office.
During my time working in the legislature, I learned full well how many of the ideas coming out of Tallahassee are out of touch with the realities faced by the majority of Floridians. I also learned how the state is forcing cities and counties to pick up the tab for many of these bad ideas. These unfunded mandates can cripple a local government and each year the battle to stop more of these unfunded mandates from being passed continues.
When my father became ill and it was time for me to move back to South Florida, I chose Tamarac. I had looked at several different cities; however I liked the small town feeling of Tamarac.
After moving here, I became involved with a number of organizations in the community including the Tamarac Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Tamarac Relay for Life as a participant the first year and as the Chair for a year and then as the Co-Chair for the last two years. The Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Additionally, I have served as a Board Member for the Tamarac Chamber of Commerce as the representative for the Relay for Life.
Since winning my election in 2016, I have worked to better the communication between the residents of District 3 and City Hall. I have been working to bring additional economic development to the City and to change the perception of Tamarac as a quiet little retirement village while keeping the small town feel that drew me here.
I continue to encourage residents to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or ideas they have about the city we all call home!
I live with my son Wesley and my dog Gracie Lou, who rescued me.
I am currently involved in a number of organizations where I represent the City of Tamarac:
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