* Occupation: MRI Technologist for Wellstar Health System for 28 years
* Education: Cherokee High School, Crawford Long School of Radiology and Chattanooga State MRI Training
* Family: Married for 35 years to Richard Barnett, daughter Melissa Barnett Kohring, son-in-law Nigel Kohring and grandson Grayson Kohring
* What do you think is the one most important issue facing the city and how do you plan to address it through your role on the City Council?
The most important issues that we face are a balanced budget and keeping our taxes low. Our tax base must be a balance of residential and commercial. Our residential taxes remain low as we carefully increase our commercial tax base. This helps us with both issues.
* What makes you the most qualified person for the position that you are seeking?
I have served as chairman of the Streets and Roads Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. We have worked very hard to obtain affordable parkland and are currently looking to our residents to decide what they want most in the park. We are about to begin work on our downtown development project.
* Do you support the type of development, including the Walmart set to open within Holly Springs in the next two years, that the city is moving toward? Why or why not?
I do support the proposed shopping center development if it falls within our guidelines. At this time, we have not received plans. The land is in an excellent location for a shopping center as it is located between an existing four-lane highway and Interstate 575. It would not be a good fit for a residential development but is good for commercial development. I look forward to the completion of these and many other projects.
*Holly Springs is a growing area. As the demand for services increases, how do you propose to keep taxes down?
By carefully growing our commercial areas, that’s how we keep our residential taxes down. And again, careful attention to details — that’s what we as council members do.