Municipality: Town of Southern Shores
Position Interested In: District Representative - District 1
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
I would like to serve in a leadership position because I believe the most responsive and effective government is local government. This is where the rubber meets the road. The League is best positioned to impact the legislative process which is essential to finding and implementing solutions to problems that affect peoples' lives. Our local governments must continue to make the case that local decisions are the best for their citizens. Better written legislation that limits unintended negative consequences with the goal of implementing solutions to existing problems will positively impact peoples' lives. This will hopefully decrease cynicism and build trust between citizens and their government.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
I served on the Town's Planning Board for 8 years and was also a member of the Town's Board of Adjustment. I served as Chair of the Planning Board for a year prior to running for a Town council seat in 2019. After serving on council for 2 years I ran for Mayor when there was no incumbent. I was elected as the first woman Mayor of the Town of Southern Shores in 2021.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
I earned my BS degree from Clemson in Forest Management and my MS degree from NC State University in Soil Science. I have worked in both the private and public sector and retired from the Dare County Health Department in 2014. I currently own and manage a home-based business.
I have volunteered in our community at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and also for the US Fish & Wildlife Service Sea Turtle Nesting program and the Beach Food Pantry. I am also a member of the League of Women Voters.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve in a leadership role with the League. I feel it's vital that the rural areas of our State are represented effectively within this very important statewide organization. Thank you for your consideration.