I began my career in municipal government and served as the zoning administrator for the City of Marco Island for eight years. During that time, the community was dealing with many of the same development challenges that Pasco County is dealing with now. After my years in public service I was a land planner at a civil engineering firm representing property owners and developers. Currently I serve as an operations coordinator with an international engineering firm that specializes in transportation engineering. The execution of development and growth is the biggest challenge facing Pasco County. I have the knowledge and experience to make sure that the county’s future is led by responsible development.
Quality of Life
I believe the quality of life should be elevated for everyone in Pasco County regardless of what area of Pasco County you live in. This includes properly maintained parks, safe and affordable housing, and effective community services.
No one working full time should be living in poverty. We must bring a living wage standard to Pasco County. I would propose starting with the county’s 2nd largest employer — Pasco County Government. Once Pasco County Government is setting the example we can encourage other employers throughout Pasco County to follow.
Pasco County’s current population is 512,000 residents. That number is expected to grow to over 1 million residents within the next 20 years. In order to sustain that kind of growth Pasco County needs to be a place people live AND work. We need a diverse economy with quality jobs that pay a living wage. We need to strengthen our workforce through apprenticeship programs and bringing clean energy industry to Pasco. We need our job market to be more than retail and the medical field.
Labor unions have led the fight for safe working conditions and fair employment practices for decades. I agree with the Democratic Party that “when workers are strong, America is strong.” I believe that strengthening and expanding labor unions is key to our economic recovery and growth of the middle class. Pasco County should invest in good-paying jobs, establish a living wage, and improve training and advancement opportunities. As a County Commissioner I will support the right of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively.