Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the world, loved by both visitors and residents. Let’s keep it that way!
I have served Sedona for 48 wonderful years, including serving on three committees over a 15-year period to incorporate Sedona as an Arizona city in January 1988.
I stand for:
1. Sound financial management. That means continuing my track record of balanced budgets that include rainy day savings and spending on projects that protect our properties, pocketbooks, and natural surroundings, and provide cultural and recreational amenities for all residents.
2. Traffic improvements. You asked for better traffic flow and more connections and we have made significant progress in the past year with construction in Uptown and on shared-use walking and biking paths, and planning is well underway on Forest Road, the crossing at Tlaquepaque and improvements along Thunder Mountain and Sanborn roads.
3. Sustainable tourism. The plan is done and implementation is about to start on Sedona's first-ever Sustainable Tourism Plan to protect both our tourism revenues and quality of life. The plan is a true partnership of businesses, local nonprofits such as Keep Sedona Beautiful and the Sustainability Alliance, the city and the chamber of commerce.
4. Protecting Sedona's natural environment. We must actively monitor the health of our community and the environment, and we have now committed the resources necessary to take action. In the past year, we hired a sustainability coordinator, conducted household hazardous waste and electronics recycling events, purchased the city's first electric vehicle and are installing solar panels at city hall.
5. Changing Arizona law governing short-term rentals is moving closer to reality, as Sedona helps lead the push in the 2020 Arizona legislative session to protect our neighborhoods from problems associated with investor-owned short-term rentals. The “sharing economy” is here to stay but we must be able to manage short-term rentals in order to sustain long-term rentals and other housing types that are so important to our community.
Let’s continue our successes and our track record of balanced budgets, address the challenges of traffic, support a healthy economy, and continue the tradition of professional, competent city management.
I ask for your vote in the August 4, 2020, primary election.
Please note: The last day to request an early ballot this year is July 24.
Sedona • Arizona
• Active in the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to advance Sedona's interests in the Arizona Legislature:
- Member of the Executive Committee and Budget Committee, and Chair of the Policy Council for Neighborhoods, Sustainability and Quality of Life Committee
• Served on three committees to get Sedona incorporated from 1972 to 1987, when an election to incorporate Sedona succeeded
• Served as Chair of the West Sedona Community Plan Advisory Committee for Yavapai County just prior to Sedona incorporation
• Appointed to first City Council in January 1988
•Served on City of Sedona Housing Commission for 6 years
• Vice Chair of the City’s WEDLU Task Force for 2 years
• Theater manager, Illuminate Film Festival
• Served on the Board of the Sedona Forum and the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs, its successor
• Served on the Board of AYSO Region 232 as Treasurer, Regional Commissioner & Area Director for 17 years, was also a coach and referee
• Served as a Sedona Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
• Served as Treasurer of Southwest Public Recycling Association
• Served on the Founding Committee and on the Board of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium
• Founder with Kate Blevins and Rayna Griffin of Sedona Recycles Inc & served on the Board as Treasurer for close to 20 years
• Founder and Director of Sedona Winefest in 2009, currently President of Sedona Fair Inc, its parent organization
• Served on the Board as Treasurer of the Arizona Housing Alliance
SEDONA AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis like no other we have faced in our lifetimes. It has pervaded many if not all aspects of our lives and has changed the way we govern and will continue to do so until we succeed in finding effective treatments or vaccines.
Without our health, our economy cannot function normally, and since the two are inextricably linked, we can only do our best to find an acceptable balance, which is a challenging and difficult task. Americans are innovative and resilient, and we will come through these extraordinary times by working together and emerge even stronger on the other side.
By my Emergency Proclamation, as of June 25, until further notice, face coverings are required for all persons age 5 or older with reasonable exceptions. The City of Sedona website has a page devoted to COVID-19 information and resources, including details of the Emergency Proclamation. Please take some time to scroll through the information and links provided by clicking here. There is also a link on my on my home page in the top left corner.