Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I have decided to seek office on Knoxville City Council, At-Large, Seat C. As an engaged citizen in Knoxville for more than 35 years, I strive to be a positive force for the good of this community. From my experience as a bank vice president to my service on a number of boards and appointed positions - serving on many as president or chair - to my two years on the Knox County Commission, I have been committed to Knoxville and Knox County.
I believe that the bridge to success for Knoxville is to find what unites us. By finding common ground, we can move forward to find solutions to the tough issues we must deal with in our urban environment. I also believe it is imperative for public servants to listen and to respond to our problems not with harsh rhetoric but in a thoughtful, reasonable, and civil manner.
I believe in community. Our neighborhood associations are the heart and voice of our hearths and homes. I believe in commerce. In Bearden, I helped to found the Bearden Council, which brings neighborhood representatives, business owners, and developers to the table to find solutions and opportunities. I believe in the future. Not only must we provide jobs for our young people, but we must also provide the education and training necessary to attract businesses and to prepare our children and grandchildren to meet those opportunities.
Knoxville is an exciting place and getting better every day. The Biscuit Festival, Dogwood Arts, the Farmers' Market, First Friday, Mardi Growl, Rossini Festival, Hola, Shakespeare on the Square -- there's something happening all the time in Knoxville. The Bijou, the East Tennessee History Center, The Knoxville Museum of Art, the Tennessee Theatre -- we have so many beautiful and historic landmarks that are making Knoxville a destination.
If you share my faith in Knoxville and my enthusiasm for its future, I hope you will support me. I need your vote, I need your financial support, and I need volunteers. Together we will continue to make a difference for Knoxville.
General Election: November 8, 2011 (early voting October 19 - November 3)