As a young parent, in a small-town, working-class family, I bring new eyes and a fresh perspective to the City Council. I love Soldotna. I have made it my home and intend to stay.
My husband, David Bower, is a Soldotna Police Officer, and we are raising six children here shopping, browsing the library, playing in the parks, attending school, participating in sports, and using the bike paths. In raising an active family, I have a vested interest in the long-term health of Soldotna.
This is my first venture into politics at this level, and while I follow the issues, I haven't developed a particular position on every one. There are some things I feel strongly about, and some I haven't reached a firm opinion on. There is more I need to learn, positions I need to understand.
However, I do not think it is necessary that I have all the answers in order to be elected. The purpose isn't for me to bring all my answers, but to bring a responsible process. I am here to represent the residents of Soldotna, not just myself.
What I do think is important is that I listen; that I seek to understand the reasons behind the questions. What personal interest does the person or group have in a particular issue? Why is it important to them? I will seek to hear all points-of-view, and not to vote on an issue until I feel that I have listened, researched, and understand the various perspectives.
I'm prepared to represent the residents of Soldotna, understand their concerns, and work for those solutions that do the greatest good.
These are my top priorities:
* Quality maintenance of streets, parks, and community facilities.
* Strong police and fire departments for a safe, livable community.
* Support for existing business. Thoughtful development to boost local economy.
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