“I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – and I will be heard!” William Lloyd Garrison
Here, in Daytona Beach, it is time to be as bullheaded and single-minded as William Lloyd Garrison. It is time to expect city officials to answer our questions, address our needs, and be held accountable when they fail to do so. It is time to expect the city commission to be more than a rubber stamp for city staff. It is time to expect the city commision to pay attention to the welfare and concerns of the citizens they were elected to represent. It is time to absolutely refuse to settle for anything less.
I invite you to join me in my stubborn push for the facts and the progress they demand. I invite you to correct any mistaken facts you find I’ve presented and to provide me with any facts you’d like to see explored. I invite you to attend city meetings to observe and speak up.
I grew up in Wisconsin but could not wait to move to the big city. After living in Boston for almost 35 years, I was ready to return to a smaller, friendlier community. Daytona Beach was perfect – pleasant people, a beautiful beach, affordable beachside real estate, and a great bus system. I started exploring Daytona Beach in 2011 and finally made it my home in 2013.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BA in history. Not wanting to teach, I went back to school and earned an Associate degree in fashion design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York City. I worked in retail and the garment industry before becoming a stay-at-home mom with three boys. When I decided to return to work, I was fortunate to get a job at a large insurance company and have been employed there for the past 23 years. From 2006-2011, I also worked as a real estate agent; primarily as a buyer agent for first-time home buyers and investors.
My fervent hope is that the city of Daytona Beach begins to effectively honor and revitalize their older neighborhoods. I firmly believe that many people want to live and work in vital urban areas and these cannot be re-created in suburban developments or a “replaced” downtown, the good intentions of city planners and developers notwithstanding.