Why I Ran for Council
I’ve always been concerned with equality, education, and the environment. I became a teacher to help children reach their full potential – but they wound up helping me more! They taught me how to be the best teacher and mom I can be. Now I work for my family’s company. My son goes to Shady Grove Elementary, and played baseball for Ambler’s Junior League.
I’ve lived in Ambler for a decade and I love this Borough. The people here are kind, intelligent, and diverse. I was born in Northeast Philadelphia, raised in Cheltenham, and educated in West Philly. In 2008 I watched the Phillies win the World Series on tv in South Philly – and ran straight down to Broad Street with everyone else!
I was thrilled to attend the Council meeting where they unanimously passed the first anti-gerrymandering resolution in Montgomery County! I’ve attended an Ambler Area Coalition for Peace meeting and I’ve worked with the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard.
Since the 2016 elections I’ve been wondering how I can make positive change both locally and globally. I expanded my social circles. I went to Standing Rock, ND to learn about non-violent resistance. I joined the Women’s March on Washington. There I became convinced I should run for council.
The Ambler Borough Council serves a variety of functions, like budgeting, managing public spaces, finding flooding solutions, maintaining neighborhood safety, encouraging diversity, appointing officials, etc. I want to help the council make decisions that align with my constituents’ best interests, as I learn more about the way communities sustain themselves and thrive.
Will you join me? I want to hear what’s working for you in Ambler and what needs more attention. We’re at our best when we work together!
Professional portraits by Gary Donnelly.