How long have you lived in the town you're campaigning in?
What is your occupation?
Work for a software start-up, own a technology consulting practice, and offer 3D modeling & printing services
What experience qualifies you for a town council position?
Attended all Town of Frisco Council meetings for 2 ½ years (in-person when Council Chamber is open) Active with our Homeowner Association Board for 6 yearsCoached youth hockey for 10 yearsCoached youth Science Olympiad for 4 years
What changes would you like to see in Summit County? Your town?
1. Increase Workforce Housing2. Increased focus on supporting local businesses3. Creation of Senior Housing options like Independent and Assisted Living options4. Reward residents with preferential pricing and scheduling at our Marina and Peninsula Recreation Area
What is your experience with vacation rentals?
Consumer of vacation rentals
What impact do you feel the vacation rental industry has in Summit County? Your town?
Vacation rentals are core and important to Frisco. We are after all a tourism based economy. The introduction of licensing has addressed the negative concerns about short term vacation rentals.
How do you feel about the current taxes in place for vacation rentals? Do you think more should be added? Do you think any should be reduced?
I support the TEMPORARY leveraging of an excise tax on short term rentals to help fund workforce housing. Without more workforce housing our community is held back from our potential. The county-wide 5A was a start but does not address all the needs. Frisco Town Attorney indicated the Town Council can reduce or eliminate the excise tax without another citizen vote so when Frisco has spur the development of more workforce housing we should eliminate the excise tax.
Do you believe we have a workforce housing problem in Summit County? And, if so: what are your suggestions to increase workforce housing?
YES! We need to continue to encourage private development and invest in mixed governmental workforce housing like the Granite St, Galena St, and Lake Hill projects.
Are there any other key issues on your campaign platform that you would like to share with us?
Frisco and Summit County lack any Senior Independent or Assisted Living housing even though we have a wonderful Senior Center. We live the active days of our lives here, yet when we need extra assistance, our residents are forced to move away. This issue will affect every Frisco resident as members of their families age. Caring for our elders requires family member in-person support, as well as professional care. If families can’t find local supportive senior housing, they face serious pressure to leave Frisco. This is not the way we should be treating our older residents and the Town of Frisco needs to lead the way in encouraging development of Senior Living options for our elders. This encouragement can come in the way of changes to codes/zoning, financial incentives, encouraging local developers to build, or recruiting Senior Living specialized businesses to invest here.