I was born and raised in Madison County. I have lived in Fredericktown for 58 years, 17 of these years in Ward III. I attended Fredericktown R-1 schools and graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1973. I am married with two sons. My son, Jeremy, works for Townsend Tree service as a road service mechanic, and my son, Robert, is currently serving in the U.S. Army-25th Infantry Airborne Division and is currently stationed in Alaska. I attended Mineral Area College and received my two-year Associate of Science degree. I have been employed with Madison Medical Center for 24 years. I started out in the insurance department until 1998, when I transferred to the Clinic, working with several of our doctors. Currently I work in the billing department for the Rural Health Clinic. My job has given me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people in Madison County, as well as the opportunity to help my community in other ways, like delivering meals every Wednesday at the Senior housing units.
I have previously served as Alderman of Ward III from 2008-2010. If elected, my first point of business will be to help the residents of North Town clean up their neighborhoods. Many of these residents are unable to clean things up on their own, and as Alderman, I will strive for our community to work together to make our town beautiful.
I would like to see more business come into our town, creating more jobs for citizens, and to encourage tourism. We have some wonderful events, from our festivals to the whitewater kayak events. Tourists can provide an increase in profit for our businesses, and employment opportunities. I would also like to see our town have a Welcome Center and some new restaurants. Our town does not have a lot to offer our children. I would like to see a skate rink, or a drive-in theatre open up in our little town, offering activities for our kids and young adults.
If elected, I will work hard to make changes for our city, helping to make Fredericktown a bigger, and better place to live.