We wanted to spend the primaries talking to everyone we could and these are the issues I have seen come up most often. I will make these issues a priority while on the council and will continue to have these conversations as we head into the future.
The economic well-being of Murray residents is the foundation for prosperity. I promise to support development and growth that is both sustainable and reflects the values of our communities.
Transparency in Government
Citizens are concerned that they aren’t seeing the whole picture when it comes to the future of Murray. As your councilwoman, I will gain a better understanding of how the processes and procedures work, take this information to residents and give them a platform to communicate their concerns to this process.
Managing our Values and Growth
Citizens in Murray don’t want to turn downtown into an urban center like Salt Lake, however we do want centralized shopping locations and walkable, livable districts. Historically, downtown Murray has always been a centralized location for shopping and community. We want to continue this tradition during our growth as a city by committing to our values as we plan for the future.
More Public Input on Development
We have talked to many people who feel like they weren’t aware of local development because they didn’t live within a small area of the proposed changes. Murray citizens want to be active in our city and the process. We should seek to notify more residents to these developments and hold public educational forums to better inform residents and ensure they are heard.
Murray prides itself on being a self-sustaining city and our ability to better address issues at a local level. We need to be making sure we are investing in our infrastructure while we plan for the inevitable growth Murray will face. We should feel pride in our public services and I will work to ensure that continues.
Preserve our Historical Districts
We have heard from Murray citizens that they would like to preserve Murray’s historical buildings. We can preserve the look and feel of Murray while expanding economic developments by transforming these buildings into functional, local businesses. By opening our bidding process to more and more development opportunities, we can come together as a city and preserve the look and feel of Murray while building the future economic engine of the city.
In our district, there are neighborhoods and communities that are in need of maintenance and repair. We should be doing everything we can to make sure our city is well maintained and our public resources are put to good use.
The safety of our children should be a primary concern for us all. We need to build safer communities and look at options such as radar and speed bumps and improving visibility along our streets.
Partner with State Agencies to Promote Public Safety
We should be partnering with local and state agencies to create safer crosswalks, walking areas specifically along Van Winkle and State Street. There are large portions of Van Winkle, for example, that don’t have sidewalks or crosswalks to reach local shopping areas from our communities.
Citizens have knocked on my door wanting to engage with me about their concerns of upcoming changes and developments of the city they love. The citizens of Murray deserve to have a community that reflects their values and benefits future generations to come.
Open Dialogue with City Leaders
I believe we could get more people involved in our city by keeping an open dialogue with as many local leaders as possible. We can reach the heart of any issue much more quickly and accurately by talking to the ones most impacted and local the issue: business leaders, religious leaders and community leaders. I will be available as best I can to these leaders and push for open lines of communication to every community.
I would like to stay in touch with the citizens of Murray and always let them know what the council is planning and how we can continue to get your input in the process. We should have newsletters dedicated to informing Murray citizens of upcoming meetings, budgets, plans, council events and how they can stay involved.
I will continue to stay active on social media where we can interact directly and quickly with each other. These days we don’t always have the time to attend every city meeting, but you can still let me know what you think at your convenience while we are working for you at the council.
Creating and Sustain Youth and After School Programs
I would like to develop a Youth City Council program for Murray where High School Students can shadow and learn from their counterparts and work collectively as a group in providing community service opportunities. I was fortunate enough to be part of a Youth City Government in high school which gave me amazing insight on how government works. I would love to continue this tradition and make sure our youth feel comfortable in participating in government.
We should support our local non profit groups such as the Boys and Girls Club, Sports and Recreations and groups like Clever Octopus and the Youth Theater Group. Murray has so many local resources that we should be tapping into by fostering and encouraging their growth.