I’m actually writing today’s blog post with a different audience in mind. This one is for our younger Meridian residents. Those of you that couldn’t wait to be on summer vacation last May, and are now counting down the days until you’re back at school with your friends. This one is for you.
I have loved my time as your Mayor - almost 16 years. However, my time with the City began long before that. I spent 4 years on the Meridian City Council and before that, served as a charter member of the Parks and Recreation Commission. Throughout that time, my commitment to our parks system has been, and continues to be, among my top priorities.
Each year, city leaders from across the state gather together at the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) Conference. The annual AIC Conference offers us an opportunity to learn from one another. We – elected officials and key staff - share struggles, solutions, and best practices to issues we face as Idaho municipalities.
When it comes to local government, there are a lot of moving parts and pieces – and each municipality does things a little differently. In Meridian, we have 20 departments and within those, 48 divisions, which are operated by over 450 incredible employees (I may be biased!). But – who does what? It can be confusing how each piece – each department – is connected. That’s why its important to do our best to ensure that Meridian residents understand the basics. One way that we do that is through our City 101 classes.
It’s so fun to walk in downtown Meridian this time of year. Between the colorful flowers and beautiful trees, it seems that everything is in full bloom. But – that’s not all that’s blooming and budding in our downtown. New amenities and services are sprouting up, downtown events are blossoming, and existing businesses are changing color.
Each time I step inside a voting booth, no matter what issues are on the ballot, I feel an immense sense of duty and pride. I love living in a nation where we can not only form our own opinions, and voice those opinions, but we can act on them. This is a right that did not come easy or without sacrifice.
One of the best things about living in Meridian is that we get to experience every season! There is great anticipation as we welcome the arrival of spring and summer - we are able to get out of our homes and enjoy all of the outdoor fun that Meridian offers.
As you may have already heard, this year will be my last serving you as your Mayor. After a great deal of thought, deliberation and discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election in November. This was a very personal decision and one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. After losing my dad this last fall, I questioned my decision to run for re-election in November 2019. I continued to consider this decision up through the holidays. Being able to spend time with my mom, my kids and their families, and in talking with my husband I knew what that ‘next chapter’ would and should be. It’s time that I focus on them. I need to spend time with my mom. Two of my girls live overseas – I want to spend time with them. I have grandkids that I haven’t spent much time with, and another grandchild on the way – I will know this one much better. And my husband is traveling more and I want to experience the world with him.
12 August 2019
Back to School
29 July 2019
City Elections are Around the Corner!
15 July 2019
Discover Your Newest Park
01 July 2019
Award Winning Transparency
17 June 2019
City 101 - Go Behind the Scenes of Your City
04 June 2019
Downtown Meridian is Blossoming
19 May 2019
GET TO THE POLLS!
07 May 2019
Warm Weather & Fun Ahead
22 April 2019
Spring Has Sprung!
08 April 2019
My Final BUT Busy Year Ahead