I’m excited to be running to represent District 5 on the new Town Council. I look forward to bringing my expertise in legislation and education, my passion for accessible open government and my vision for Amherst as an affordable, innovative community for all to the Council. I hope you’ll get to know me and support me in the preliminary election on September 4th.

Why I Am Running for Amherst Town Council

I’m running because I want Amherst to show municipal leadership that will counter some of the destructive government policies at the national level.

I’m running because I believe it’s important for more women to be in leadership positions at every level of government.

I’m running because I have the knowledge and proven leadership to make Amherst a model of environmental sustainability. My extensive experience in climate action sets me apart from other candidates.

I’m running because I’m concerned that high property taxes make it difficult or impossible for low and moderate income people to rent or own in Amherst. 

I’m running because the Council needs a strong advocate for racial and social justice. I’m committed to strengthening our welcome to immigrants and refugees and being a sanctuary town.

I’m running because maintaining excellent schools is a top priority for me. As a former teacher, I know how important it is for the budget to be overseen by knowledgeable municipal leaders. 

As District 5 Councilor, I’ll do my homework.  I’ll be responsive and accessible. I will listen and I will ask hard questions. I am a calm, collaborative influence in difficult discussions. I believe that it’s an advantage that I’ve never been part of town government because I haven’t been mired in the various divisive town campaigns.