Phone: (703) 297-0887
Hometown: East Patchogue, NY
Birthday: July 7
Bio: I was born and raised on Long Island. I graduated from Purchase College in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and Women's Studies, where I was one of the founding members of The Brick, Purchase's online news website run by disgruntled journalism majors after we found out we lost the funding for our department's newspaper. I returned to Long Island after graduation and worked as a freelance reporter for The Long Island Advance, a community newspaper covering 10 towns on the Great South Bay. After two years of freelancing in my community, I was hired as a staff reporter at Johnlor Publishing in Sayville, New York, writing for The Suffolk County News and the Islip Bulletin and freelanced for Patchogue Patch, Sayville Patch, and Bayport-Blue Point Patch.
I am in the process of earning my master's in Public Communication at American University and will graduate in May 2013.
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How would you describe your political beliefs? Although my political stance is pretty liberal, I tend to vote for the person who I believe would do the best job in listening to his or her constituents and initiating changes.
Are you registered with a certain party? I tend to lean left on social issues.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious) I was raised Roman Catholic, but now I don't affiliate myself with a specific religion. I'm open to new ideas.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Route 1 revitalization & improving the infrastructure of Route 1 through Fort Belvoir without affecting historic landmarks.
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I fully support the revitalization of Route 1 and I believe that it's a great location for new businesses, especially since there's plenty of traffic from commuters and residents navigating the highway. I just heard there's going to be a SweetFrog frozen yogurt shop in Kings Crossing...and when it's open you can find me there with my Patch laptop holding office hours.
I'm a big believer in supporting local commerce and I truly feel that buying local is the best way for a resident to support their community. I also support the widening of Rotue 1 through Fort Belvoir, however I would prefer an option that doesn't affect historic sites and institutions like Woodlawn Baptist Church and Woodlawn Stables.