Meet Your Seat A Candidate: Kathryn (Kathy) Cottrell

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you are running for City Council?

I am a Boca native, and one of 4 generations of family living here.

I attended public schools throughout my childhood — graduating from Boca Raton High. I’ve had the opportunity to get an advanced education, hone my professional skills working in Fortune 500 companies, in multiple industries (healthcare, hospitality, government, retail), and as a senior leader with consulting and operational experience spearheading initiatives for 100,000 plus employees. I have both a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Organizational Psychology.  I want to bring my professional background, advanced education, and full-time capacity to the Boca Raton City Council. I want to give back in a meaningful and purposeful way; serve my community and family for their future, and represent our residents. I bring a mature temperament and professional demeaner to the role. As an active civic volunteer, I’ve attended CRA, workshop, and council meetings for several years to understand our resident issues. When elected I will hit the ground running.

  1. What are the top three issues you want to address in the city if elected? 

Responsible growth, taking all resident’s interests into consideration especially relative to our quality of life.  When talking to residents, most express concerns about traffic, parking and overdevelopment. I will listen to them while addressing opportunities for economic development (supporting local businesses, job creation, revenue generation, etc.) while protecting our unique quality of life and keeping our tax base strong.

Ensuring we address our infrastructure (traffic, public spaces, safety, sustainability). I’ll address our aging infrastructure proactively, systemically.  With redevelopment opportunities (our aging buildings) we need to ensure state of the art solutions that factor in cost, usage, etc. that yield the greatest value.

Working with the school district to ensure school safety and addressing overcrowding. As a recent volunteer on the Boca Raton Community Advisory Panel we hosted a student forum regarding safety concerns.  We need to partner with our county representatives to address these issues – let’s work together with the students, parents, teachers, and administration.

  1. What do you see as Boca’s biggest challenge?

To maintain our quality of life. We must proactively address numerous quality of life issues: traffic, parking, overdevelopment, school overcrowding, school safety and maintaining parks and green space. For instance, many residents complain about access to businesses and restaurants due to lack of parking, and traffic – this need addressing. Let’s be innovative and work together to develop transportation solutions relative to biking, walking, ride share for all ages from our students to our aging population. What do you see as Boca’s biggest opportunity? To maintain our quality of life.  Our city has so much to offer our diverse community including recreation (sports, beaches, art, music and more), opportunities to participate in our universities (as students, teachers, sports enthusiasts), and the ability to participate in a myriad of nonprofits (as volunteers and/or philanthropically). This all attracts great industries be it healthcare, technology, hospitality, and more. We live in a beautiful environment with great economic opportunity – we need to do what we can to keep it.