According to a recent survey administered by Boise State University, nearly 55 percent of Treasure Valley residents say the area is growing too fast. As a result, affordable homes are becoming more difficult to find and transportation is already challenging. The county is not keeping up with basic services such as public defense and community crisis services. As commissioner, I would facilitate dialogue between key parties in the community with the goal of developing a comprehensive plan incorporating smart growth principles, which includes input from the cities and the rural communities.
Only 54% of Treasure Valley residents view government services to be excellent or good. Improved public transportation was the most popular type of project respondents want their local governments to spend tax dollars on. I would conduct a thorough analysis of transportation services and compared current and future public needs. Looking into the viability of providing rail service from Canyon County to Ada County would be a priority in addition to adjusting schedules, routes and types of vehicles to provide improved services.
We are faced with an opioid crisis and high rates homelessness, domestic violence and poverty. I would work closely with community leaders and healthcare professionals to create a long-term strategic plan to provide rehabilitation services including counseling, treatment programs and housing. I have many years experience working in mental health as a private counselor, director of a dual diagnosis hospital and regional director for the state’s EAP program. I deeply understand the importance of taking care of our vulnerable residents. When government acts in a caring and responsive manner it has a positive effect on families and our community. It also makes good financial sense because being proactive saves money.
The Boise River is under imminent threat from a foreign mining company who committed over 100 Clean Water Act violations last year dumping arsenic into our river. The current county commissioners are not using their voice to stop this assault. I will bring my passion and expertise to bear on these and other issues to protect our open spaces clean and water.