I have been married to my husband, Michael, a forensic psychologist, for 28 frenzied-but-wonderful years. We have a musically talented 17-year-old son, Ian, who attends Tampa Catholic High School, and a prissy toy poodle named Mignon. We've lived in Bloomingdale East for 16 years. I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and have spent my entire professional career in journalism. I was the editor of The Brandon News for 18 years. When The Brandon News and Brandon Tribune merged, I became a reporter for The Tampa Tribune, covering everything from breaking news to photo features. After being laid off from the Tribune in May 2009, I worked as a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times. My hobbies include reading, antiques, arts, crafts, decorating and gardening.
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With that in mind, I'd like everyone to know that I am pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life at every stage.
How would you describe your political beliefs?
I'm a registered Republican but tend to vote independently, based on the qualifications and positions of the candidates.
How religious would you say you are?
I'm an active member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico where I serve as chairwoman of the parish council, a sacristan and Eucharistic minister.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I believe one of the most critical issues facing this community is the economy. We're seeing more and more small businesses, the mainstay of any community, close their doors. At the same time, more families are struggling to make ends meet. As the local editor, I will promote our local small businesses whenever possible, highlight programs dedicated to helping small businesses stay open and focus on organizations dedicated to helping residents get back on their feet. In addition, I plan to feature stories about people working to make a difference in this community, enabling all of us to weather this current economic crisis.