As a transplant in Monticello, I am frequently asked why my family has chosen to stay in this small town. For the past seven years we have loved this community – the diversity of people and landscape, the values and core principles that seem embedded in small-town living. I have hunted on these mountains, my daughters have played on city teams, my family has explored all over this county. I love this land and I want to do everything in my power to ensure that it remains a wonderful place for all of its citizens to live.
I interact with farmers and ranchers in this area on a daily basis, working on more sustainable practices to preserve natural resource integrity. As a District Conservationist for the NRCS, I routinely interpret and execute governmental policy and have an in-depth understanding of our municipal code. As one of the entities that measures our snowpack each year, I have a firm grasp of our water situation. Water storage and acquisition is a necessity if we wish to thrive in this land.
I am running for city council because the coming years will be critical for Monticello’s development, and we must be intentional about guiding and planning for the inevitable growth while maintaining the qualities that make this town our home. Being from Hawaii, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of misguided tourism enthusiasm and the longstanding consequences it can have on communities. I’m committed to standing up against the influences that would threaten our community and lifestyle, and intentionally guiding our development in ways that will benefit each of our citizens for years to come.
We need to make changes in the city administration in areas of transparency, accountability, and enforcement. This kind of progress can be difficult to achieve in small towns because of fear of reprisal, but I have demonstrated that I am willing to do what is necessary to hold those in positions of power to the same standard that we expect of the general population of Monticello.
I believe that one cannot simply say that the system is broken without being willing to step in and help fix it. If elected I will represent all citizens of Monticello regardless of name, class, or beliefs. All of our problems can’t be solved in one election, but I can promise that if elected I will give my full, honest effort on behalf of Monticello. Whatever your vote, let’s get out and help shape the future of our community.