I was elected to help make progress in Oxford, while preserving what makes our community great. I’ve lived and worked in Oxford since 2003, teaching urban planning in Miami’s Department of Geography. I served for a decade on Oxford’s Planning Commission — the last five as Chair — working to protect Oxford’s unique character by carefully managing growth. Since elected to City Council in 2017, I’ve worked alongside fellow councilors, city staff, and community partners to set ambitious goals and achieve them, while maintaining our excellent level of city services, and rising to unexpected challenges like COVID-19.

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City government is a team effort including City Council, City staff, appointed board officials, and community partners. But I’m proud to have played a key role in the following:

  • Sustainability: City commitment to carbon neutrality by 2045, creation of Climate Action Steering Committee, Oxford’s first tree ordinance, food composting, seeking solar energy developer for abandoned landfill
  • COVID: adoption of mask and mass gathering ordinances, worked with community partners to distribute $1.5 M in CARES Act Funding to support social services and businesses
  • Economy: supported Miami and businesses through pandemic, preservation of Elm St. Bldg. for redevelopment as innovation hub, Uptown DORA and Red Brick Friday events
  • Connectivity: Oxford Area Trails levy and new phases,¬† new Complete Streets Policy and bike lanes, advancing design of Amtrak platform and lobbied for enhanced rail service, reviving Parking and Transportation Advisory Board
  • Social justice: created resolution charging our Police Relations and Review Commission to evaluate feasibility of OPD social worker and creating a Comprehensive Plan focus on “Safety, Health, Equity”
  • Housing for All: legislation regulating AirBNB to protect neighborhoods, added housing diversity goals to zoning, prioritized redevelopment of vacant City land for affordable housing
  • Recreation: funding and construction of new Aquatic Center, planning for new Dog Park
  • Good Government: introduction of new strategic planning model of governance, first-ever annual reporting, increased transparency and engagement in budgeting, revision of our Comprehensive Plan as “Community Strategic Plan.”

I know from first-hand experience the potential (and limits) of good local government to improve our lives, and how to work with diverse community members to make good things happen. The past four years have been enormously productive, but we’re just getting started.