I believe the Planning Board and long time Politicians have been hastily approving huge areas of suburban growth that our small community may not be able to support. They’ve been approving these areas without taking into consideration the sustainability and cost passed on to the voters. These actions have already driven up the costs of housing and the ability to purchase a home in this sellers market. I will represent the citizens of DeLand as an advocate for protecting their resources and scrutinizing further recommendations for planning and development that is not in the best interest of our community. I will sit down with developers and urge them to focus on affordable housing options. I believe growth must be organic, at a sustainable rate, and with housing that is affordable to those who live and work in DeLand.