I am your District 2 Indy Councilor. Coming from the private sector as a small business owner, I have a record of connecting others, solving problems, and creating positive impacts. I ran as an underdog in 2015 and enjoy taking on challenges. I currently serve on the Public Safety, Metro & Econ Dev, Parks & Rec, and Education Committees. Being highly engaged in my city has always been a priority. Public service has changed my life; while I still have a side business, I serve as the BRVA Executive Director. This allows me to focus my "part-time" Council hours in the rest of my dynamic district.
“Public safety is vitally important to the city, its residents, and me personally. As city-county councilor, I will ensure we use taxpayer resources efficiently so Indy remains an attractive place to move, live, and start a family.”
“I bought my first business at 24, and I discovered a lifelong passion for small businesses and a commitment to moving the greater Indianapolis community forward. Since then, helping Indy become a world-class place to live, thrive, and enjoy has been a central focus, which is why today I remain a business owner of Grey Market Wine and marketing consulting firm Ike & Fritz Ventures.”
“In an effort to funnel more of our tax dollars into Marion County public schools, I advocate for an expansion of the state's On My Way Pre-K grant based awards for four-year-olds from low-income families. Approved programs may be located in public or private schools, licensed child cares, etc, and give children access to a high-quality Pre-K program the year before they begin Kindergarten. ”
“I look at issues through three lenses: someone considering to establish roots in Indy, an Indy business owner deciding where to expand, and an out-of-state business looking to relocate her company. To ensure Indy is the best choice, I absolutely support equality for all. I believe strongly in personal freedom, tolerance, lack of government pertinence, and sexual orientation as a protected class. ”
“Any measure to address illegal weapons and gang-related violence in a measurable, enforceable way will be something I support. I feel trying to address mental health and addiction more effectively can help with violent crime, particularly domestic violence. I would strongly support organizations that are working hard to address the social and mental health issues associated with violent crime.”
“I think the best way to pay for mass transit is public-private partnerships. Until corporations (and maybe even our sports franchises) feel the need, I think it will be a difficult challenge. I do not believe residents should bear an extra tax to pay for mass transit - light rail/rapid transit specifically. ”
“At 90% of our budget, this issue is critical. We need 150 new officers, but specifically dedicated to the IMPD Metro Drug Taskforce, IMPD Criminal Interdiction Unit and IMPD District Narcotics team. I support vigorously the remarkable efforts of the 10-Point Coalition. Long term, I support reinstatement of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership and funding for "second chance" programs.”
Thank you District 2! I'm honored to serve you. A lot of work lies ahead. I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support.
In The News
I'm honored to be your city-county councilor. "The needs of my district come first, I mean that’s very easy to see ... Our district had a very closely fought council race and I ran an extremely moderate campaign because I’m an extremely moderate person."
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