When I was a child, parks where a major part of my life. I'd spend many hours riding my bike and playing on the playgrounds. As an adult, I walk laps in my neighborhood park and partake in the beauty that is nature. I have lived in the Conejo Valley with my family since we moved here from Santa Barbara in 1999. It has been a privilege to have grown up around scenic views, clean parks and open spaces. Those are things that should be preserved for our future generations. Climate change is rapidly change the face of outdoor recreation and it is vital that we are prepared for that challenge.

From 2014-2016 I served on the Services Committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. In 2015 I was appointed by the Thousand Oaks City Council to service on the Ventura County Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee and I have been an advocate for improved public transportation on that committee. I also supported the SOAR initiative that was successfully renewed in 2016.

My reason for running for the Park and Recreation District this year is to bring a fresh perspective to governing and to protect local parks, open space and recreation opportunities. My top priorities are to build a new senior center in Newbury Park and to create more recreational opportunities for potentially at risk youth. And of course protecting our oaks is essential as well. My overall goal is to use community outreach to get more people to utilize our beautiful parks. Parks are everyone's backyard and we should all care for them together. I look forward to working with you on this campaign.

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