Why Pat

These days I get this question a lot: Why do you want to run for County Supervisor?

My answer is really simple. I want to give back to this community which has given my daughters and me so much. I’m not just looking for a job. My passion is to pay it forward by serving all the people of Johnson County in this way.

I have spent the past year talking with people throughout the county and what I know to be true is that they are tired of being marginalized and ignored. I have heard them loud and clear and, make no mistake, I am a candidate for ALL Johnson County.

What will I bring to the Board of Supervisors?

I am a strong and experienced leader who will facilitate cooperation, compromise and common sense. I will provide sound fiscal management and prudent use of resources. I will encourage open and honest discussion and inclusiveness and I will support county staff through mentoring, encouragement and respect.

These past months I have been attending the weekly Supervisor meetings. There are many opportunities as well as challenges and issues facing the County. I want to highlight two issues that are most important to me.

Senior Services

One of the fastest growing segments of the population in Johnson County is the elderly. I spent my entire professional career and a lifetime of community service in the cause of the elderly. I understand their challenges and needs. I also understand the unique needs of their caregivers and families who are trying to do the right thing while navigating through unfamiliar and scary territory.  This Board needs my experience and expertise in the cause of the elderly.

Mental Health

All of us have been touched in some way by mental illness.  We must ensure that care and services are available, accessible and affordable throughout the county so that those in need can receive the appropriate care.

I know first-hand about these challenges. My daughter, Ariel, who is 27 years old has an anxiety disorder, depression and an obsessive- compulsive disorder.  We do know first-hand what it is like not to receive the services and care when we need it. There have been times when she Ariel has been in a crisis and not able to see a mental health professional right away instead having to wait 24 or 48 hours or more. And when my employer changed insurance carriers, even with my connections and wide circle of health care professionals to reach out to, it was extremely difficult to find a new psychiatrist for her. One who would accept the new insurance and one who was accepting new patients.

Fortunately, I had the financial resources that I could pay out of pocket for a while but most people don’t have that ability and what about them? Children, spouses, brothers, sisters, friends, coworkers and other loved ones who desperately need the services and care but have few options? What about them? Yes, we have a mental health care crisis and it is very personal to me. I want to be a part of the solution.

These are just some of the strengths, experiences and expertise I will bring to the Board of Supervisors. Most importantly, I will give all the people of Johnson County a seat at the table. I will be a strong, compassionate and effective voice representing all.