Family: Husband, Joe; 3 children – Audra, Anthony and Jarrod – all are graduates of VHS.
Audra is a medic, EMT B and an LPN in the US Army Reserves and lives in Iowa; Anthony owns Louie's Carpet Cleaning, Inc. in Vermillion and Jarrod is an investment analyst for the SD Investment Council and lives in Sioux Falls. We have one grandchild.
Education/Occupation: BA USD in 1967; MA in History from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. My occupation is to be very involved in the community.
If incumbent, years of experience: I was first elected to the city council in 2004 from the Central Ward and have served six years on the city council. During this last term, I was elected by the council to be the vice president.
1. It is a great privilege to be a member of the City Council representing the people of the Central Ward. The City Council members are very committed to helping to make our city the very best community in South Dakota where people are proud to call Vermillion their home. I would like to continue to be a part of this outstanding group of people who are always looking forward and who are working to ensure that our infrastructure meets the continuing needs of our citizens, young and old.
2. a. New and/or renovated Public Library. There are many challenges facing the city with regards to making the library a place where people want to go to attend meetings and programs for children and adults, use the computers, do research and check out books and other library materials or just read the newspaper. A task force is in place to proceed with the planning. It is composed of citizens, library board members and city council members. Hopefully within the next 2 years, Vermillion will have a new structure that will have more space and other amenitites that will make the library the place where everyone will want to go.
b. A new swimming pool. Our current pool is nearing the end of its expected life. It will take the community to decide what kind of pool is needed that will last for many years into the future. A swimming pool is not a luxury item–it is a necessity in our City for our children and adults alike. It will take careful planning and input from our citizens to make sure that it includes items that everyone will enjoy using.
c. An infrastructure that serves the needs of our citizens. We are fortunate to live in a community where our city employees are very dedicated and provide us with excellent services. We must make sure that every service that we provide now is ready for whatever comes in the future. These services include police, fire, landfill and recycling, water and sewage, electricity, parks and recreation, streets and many others. We know that if we need the police, emergency services or the fire department, they will be at our door within a few minutes. We know every week our recycling will be picked up. We know that our water meets and exceeds all quality standards. We know that when we turn the lights on, they will work. We know that our parks have safe playground equipment for our children. We know that in the winter, the snow will be removed even if we get a record snowfall at Christmas time. We know every month, our streets will be swept. It is the Council's responsibility to make sure these services are provided without exceeding our revenues.
3. I have been in public service representing the people of Vermillion in the SD Legislature serving for 18 years and now have been a member of the city council for the last six years. It is very challenging to do our best to help provide the services necessary for our citizens always looking to the future. As a very active member of the Vermillion community, I am able to bring a unique perspective to the table. I would be honored to serve another term on the Vermillion City Council representing the people who live in the Central Ward.