Western Michigan University, MPA
Central Michigan University, BS
Everett High School
I am seeking my third term as Ingham County Commissioner for District 3 on Lansing’s Southside. Since
being elected to the county commission in 2012, I have served on the Human Services and Law & Courts
Committees and have chaired the Finance Committee and the Democratic Caucus. This year, I am
honored to serve as the Vice Chair of the Board. In addition to my experience on the commission, I
worked for 4 years as the legislative aide to former State Representative Joan Bauer. This provided me
with experience in understanding the needs and expectations of Lansing residents.
Public parks are valuable assets to residents throughout the community. Parks such as Potter Park and
Hawk Island (county parks located on Lansing’s Southside) have created a higher quality of life for
residents across the region. With that in mind, I believe that we must always be respectful with how we
use taxpayer dollars. I am a strong supporter of funding our parks with a mix of public and private
sources of revenue.
No. Michigan’s roads are in desperate need of repair. Because the primary portion of the county’s road
funding comes from state funding, it is very disappointing that the Republican controlled state
government has been so woefully inadequate in coming up with a real solution to fixing this problem.
At the county level, we will continue to utilize the revenue we do have for road funding to ensure safety
for our residents.
Ingham County residents deserve better roads. The state legislature is the primary entity that creates
public policy to fund road improvements. The Republican state legislature and the Republican Governor
have failed to create public policy that fixes Michigan’s crumbling roads and infrastructure. I think they
should do their job and find a road funding solution for all of Michigan. While I am not opposed to
increasing revenue to ensure safe roads for our residents, I would have to weigh a specific proposal and
what it means for our county’s residents.
I am comfortable with the current structure and scope of county government. While there is always
room for improvement, I believe the structure provides checks and balances, accountability, and the
ability to serve as a regional partner with multiple municipalities.
All government entities should look at ways to best serve residents. The county is in a unique position to
take a “50,000 foot view” of our region to assess where there are gaps in services and areas of
duplication. On the commission, I have looked for ways to work closely with cities and townships to
streamline services for residents.
All levels and aspects of government must work to ensure it is providing the level of service citizens
expect and deserve. I believe we need to constantly reflect and assess whether the County’s current
structure is conductive to providing residents with the highest level of service. This reflection should
result in a streamlined and efficient government for county residents.
Jobs and the economy is a major priority. We have many great employers in the county and a top-notch workforce. The County must continue to work with employers to provide business support that will help these companies expand or locate in Ingham County while also support employee-friendly policies to ensure a living wage. Public safety is very important to our community. I have worked to encourage deeper collaboration and coordination between city and County law enforcement in order to fight crime. A key part of this effort has been increasing dialogue with law enforcement and leaders. Finally, investing in local infrastructure (including roads) is critical for county residents.
With the decline of state funding and property tax revenue, the County has had to make very difficult
decisions. We have worked to balance the needs of our citizens while also living within tight budgetary
restrictions. It is critically important that the state fulfill its obligation to our citizens but the County will
continue to do more with less in order to meeting the growing needs our county residents.
I have and will continue to fight for county services that assist our community’s senior citizens, children
and our most vulnerable residents. The services provided by our County, including services through our
Sheriff’s Department and Health Department, are key to ensure our residents’ health, safety, and quality
I believe the County has been diligent in trimming and/or eliminating services that have not shown their
We need to be mindful of the special millages that are being assessed on county residents but I am
comfortable with the current taxation level for services in Ingham County. The millages currently fund
initiatives supported by a majority of county residents as evident by their adoption by a vote of the
people. I do believe we must diligently monitor the implementation and amount of specific millages. We
need to ensure that millage assessments are proposed at the level needed to accomplish the mission of
the millage. If funding levels exceed the needed amount there should be serious consideration to
decreasing the millage rate.
General Business Course(64 hrs.)
SOM Treasury 16 yrs Kalamazoo District Office & SOM Treasury Lansing Receipts Processing 16 yrs.
6 years Precinct Delegate, 6 years 8th District Committee, 8 years Ingham Co. Rep. Party. & 6 years Mid MI Rep. Women
I have common sense and that is needed to make the right decisions. I am also a former State Treasury Employee and have worked in Receipts Processing for 16 years which handles the deposit for all branches of the State of Michigan. I have also balanced different accounts before processing. I also have 16 years working in Kalamazoo District Office working with the public doing taxes, payroll, daily deposit, collections and answering phones.
No, Parks should be handled by the DNR or the local level of government because they both have budgets. It should not be the Counties responsibility to use their funds for inter city areas. We should handle the outlaying areas only.
No, We should use the money used for trails for the repaving of roads. Michigan has the worst roads in the country. Also, people need to have better roads for traveling. That way they can get places and not have to worry about potholes which make damages to your vehicles.
No, Our taxes are high enough already! What needs to be done is to lower the weight allowed per truck and not go by each of the rigs weight. By doing that the roads will last longer.
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Yes, because cities and townships are parts of the counties. All monies given by the state should be divided by populations of counties. Then the counties should figure out a budget.
Duplicated services. Starting with the Federal level. Give monies to the States so they can do better at the State levels like health,education, welfare, do away with the EPA, and make IRS taxes done on postcards with no deductions and pay a percent on wages.
1. Reduce the size of Government because this is overlapped by each agency starting with the Federal Government.
2. Stop unnecessary spending stop wasting taxpayer money.
3. Fix roads first, not build trails.
No, as stated above services should not be duplicated. If service is provided at the Federal or State level the County should not provide services unless funds are provided by the State or Federal governments.
1. Roads-keep the roads in good condition so citizens can appreciate traveling and not have to worry about any damages to vehicles.
2. 911 emergency service.
2. Duplicated services given at the Federal or State level.
Yes, I had to be sure that all my taxes were paid on time being a Treasury Employee. I only have to pay taxes. Alimony and child support do not apply because I do not have children and my husband is deceased.
The only thing that needs to be increased is the 911 because it handles life and death situations.
As far as the jail you can combine the two jails and use the one in town for city juveniles. And the county for overflow of the cities worst criminals and the county.
Animal control can be combined with other counties because some counties do not have as many animals as larger cities and we can use some of their unused spaces for the overflow of animals.
The parks, zoos and trails can be handled partially by the DNR. Healthcare should be handled by the State. Not the county level. The State should divide the amount of dollars by each counties population.