When I was 8 years old, I rode a Greyhound bus from Oregon to Boise for the first time. It was one of those winters where it snowed a little on and off and the icy slush didn’t melt. My older sister and I walked down to City Hall where our stepmom worked in parking control, had lunch with her at Atomic Taco, and visited the auto parts store my dad managed on Overland. Over the years of spending holidays, summer vacations, and spring breaks in Boise, it grew to be my favorite place.
A decade after that first trip, I decided to make Boise my permanent home, attending college at Boise State. It was one of the best decisions of my life. The opportunities that exist in this city for a working class, first generation college graduate striking out on her own have been beyond anything I could have imagined. In Boise, we are the true West. We pitch in to make things happen. People support the earnest efforts of others. We make our dreams a reality.
My commitment to Boise is deep: I helped develop Blueprint Boise to guide our growth and served on the committee to update our urban agriculture ordinance as a neighborhood leader, volunteered to help pass the 2012 Boise School District levy, fought for cities’ rights as a State Legislator, am the proud mom of two young Boiseans, and, alongside my husband Ryan, own a thriving software business. Our family loves Boise. When we’re biking down the greenbelt to storytime at the Library!, paddling at Quinn’s Pond, or just picnicking at our neighborhood park, we feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful city.
As your City Council member, I will work hard to ensure that our kids and grandkids continue to have these opportunities. I’ll do all I can to enrich our community, build our economy, and grow our city wisely. In examining the choices in pursuit of these outcomes, I will be transparent, listen to all sides, and ask questions. My goal will always be to make decisions that benefit our residents now and position us for the future.
Boise is the economic and cultural heart of Idaho. Together, we can make sure it continues to be the most livable city in America.