Years in Payson: 21
Education: Attended Butler University and IU
Work experience: Worked in radio and the promotion business for 14 years then entered the jewelry business. I started as a store manager for a major jewelry chain and then worked in design and sales for a diamond importer for more than 20 years. When I moved to Payson, I opened Total Business Solutions, a payroll and accounting company. I also went into land development, developing the Green Valley subdivision.
Family: My husband and I are the proud parents of five children, two daughters-in-law, one son in-law and six beautiful and talented grandchildren. Three of our children and their families live and work in Payson. Three of our grandchildren attend Payson area schools and the other two grandchildren are attending college. Our son John Jackman, a Payson High School grad, is attending medical school.
Are you apart of any organizations/groups:
Rim Country Rotary, past president and secretary. Member since 2000
Payson Area Food Drive
Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation, present vice president and past secretary
Magic on the Mountain Christmas Decorations Green Valley Park, co-chair
Heritage Festival Chair 2008 and 2009
Past treasurer of Payson Community Kids
125th Payson August Rodeo, hospitality chair
Past zoning commissioner for the Town of Payson
Arizona Planning Association, board of directors
Why are you running? To promote a more business-friendly environment. To see that town codes are enforced equally. That businesses and individuals receive fast, accurate information and assistance.
That there is forthright information on town projects and developments. That staff properly reviews completion of all town projects. To provide athletic opportunities for all our citizens, from recreational facilities, organized sports to improving the Payson Area Trails System. To work toward better retention of Payson police and firefighters by providing better salaries and the best technology and equipment.
What do you hope to accomplish? (Answer given for this question is same as above.)
What convinced you to run? The need to improve our community development department. They need to be more welcoming to new businesses and listen to the concerns of already established businesses. The need to see town codes enforced equally without favoritism. The need for our town to grow in a positive direction so families and businesses can thrive and prosper. And to make sure that the Payson Airport expands so our local economy can grow.
What makes you the best candidate? My love for the Payson community; business experience; experience as a Payson zoning commissioner; experience working with larger communities while I was on the Arizona Planning Association board of directors; my involvement with Payson and surrounding areas through my work with many different service organization and clubs and my longevity in the community — I know who and where to go to get things done.
What life experiences do you have that will make you a better council member? Management experience; accounting experience; (and the experience listed in the previous question).
What is your biggest weakness? Strength? My biggest weakness — patience; I have little patience with individuals that give only negativity. They can tell you what it isn’t going to work or that it’s not the solution, but they are short on giving ideas or assistance to make matters better.
My biggest strength is that I can work with people of all ages and of all social or economic backgrounds. I listen to what people who do not agree with me have to say and to those who do agree with me. It’s very important to listen to others, and a great way to learn. I have no problem asking questions, even when it might be an uncomfortable subject that needs to be addressed (The elephant in the room situation).
Top three issues?
- Town department heads need to be responsive with our community when they need their assistance; they also need to be more business friendly so we can grow the economy.
- Rumsey Park Master Plan.
- Working toward better retention in our police and fire departments.
Do you think the current council is doing a good job? Some of them have worked very hard and then there are those who just show up and have not done their homework.
What is the best thing they have done? The Rumsey Park Master Plan.
Worst thing? Not excluding food and medicine from the tax increase.
What motto do you live by? Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Is it beneficial to all concerned?