On Issues


On Issues Facing District 29

Please explain why you are running for office & what is your plan to get elected?

I have served as the Edge-O-Lake Neighbors president since 2006. I have enjoyed the challenges of this position as well as the opportunities to make the neighborhood I love into a better place. I would like to extend this role over a wider area. I have worked with other association presidents in this district and I think together we could improve the area in some important ways - traffic, zoning, livability and building community.

I plan on getting elected by getting my message out to the voters in this district that they have a choice. My message is that I will work very hard to represent them in the council and practice excellent follow through on issues of concern. I’m using a website and face book page with posts on area face book pages to do this. I am also meeting the voters face to face at events and while canvassing.

How do you pay for your Campaign? Do you take Donations?

My campaign is paid for by me and the people that live here.  When I last ran, I received donations from 2 developers. I wrote them nice letters and returned the checks. I am not a rich woman and the money would have been helpful but I did not want to be in the position of receiving money from outside the District. I may not have as many signs out and about but they are all paid for by you - the voters of District 29.

What are District 29 strengths and weaknesses?

One of our strengths is the diversity found throughout the area in stores, restaurants and neighborhood groups. We are also well located between 3 major interstates and the Airport. Our weakness is in the perception of the area. Our crime rate is not as high as one would expect watching the evening news. This impacts our ability to attract new businesses and residents.

What are your views on public transportation? Do you have any ideas for mass transit that could be implemented in the short-term? How do you see mass transit taking shape in Nashville and Middle Tennessee over the next several decades?

I think we need more choices for public transportation – transportation to and from neighboring counties as well as short hop transportation in neighborhoods. In the short term we need to look at the synching of traffic lights and the speed in school zones on major roads. In the long term we need to look at light rail transportation. The biggest piece of what is needed for public transportation is education. Until we can convince the average daily driver that public transportation has a place in their lives usage will not increase.

Does the city have a role in providing and/or funding affordable and workforce housing and if so what is that role?

I think that the city’s role in providing affordable housing is to provide an economic environment that supports home ownership. This includes attracting good jobs to the area and providing an educated workforce for these jobs. A poverty level of 19% precludes people from owning homes.

Where does public education rank on your agenda and how does the success of our schools impact the future of Nashville and Middle Tennessee?

Metro Council does not have much input into public schools other than approval of the budget. I do think that the funding of schools is a priority - and should be more important than it has been in the past. Metro Council can also impact education in the support of services surrounding schools. In my District I would like to look at using nonprofit agencies in the area to provide mentoring services. As Nashville grows we must look at ways we can provide an educated work force.

As Nashville continues to grow, what types of proposals do you have or support to manage and balance growth across all of Davidson County?

I think zoning plays a big part in the management of growth. I think that high density areas should be developed to accommodate growth without impingement on existing neighborhood. We need to make sure that new developments include traffic studies and sidewalks in the planning stages.

What other issues do you consider important to improve Nashville’s future?

Transportation and managed growth are the big areas of concern. I think other areas are making Nashville a city with recreational opportunities, sidewalks and a focus on raising children ready to meet future challenges. We have a lot of work to do. This will require thoughtful, long term planning.