My name is Sheila Younglove Miner and I want to be one of your McMinnville aldermen. I can bring fresh eyes to the table, honoring traditions which work, and moving forward in ways which will enhance the quality of life for our citizens.
Three words epitomize my philosophy in my personal and professional lives: compassion, integrity, and respect. As your city alderman, I will always practice this philosophy.
I have lived in McMinnville for most of my life. I am married to Tom Miner and between us, we have three wonderful adult children: Ashley Miner Stutts, Jahir Hernandez, and Zach Younglove. We have three lovely grandchildren: Shelby Stutts, Wesley Stutts, and Gracie Stutts, and our fourth, Jackson Hernandez, who is scheduled to arrive in October. We also have four dogs: Sundae, Jax, Daisy and Dandy.
Both my husband and I are local attorneys. Tom is an Assistant District Attorney and I have a private civil practice, focusing on family law, estate planning, and probate.
McMinnville is a beautiful city and together, we can make it an even better place in which to live and for others to visit. Our city fathers and mothers have utilized progressive thinking in the past and we must continue that momentum.
There have been many changes in our small town since I was a child in the 1970s, and there was always controversy regarding improvements. However, once completed, we all benefitted tremendously.
Think about it, we have built a Civic Center, soccer fields, Jungle Jym, Gilley Pool, Farmers Market, skate park, greenways, walking trail around the ball parks, and completely overhauled and beautified the downtown area, to name a few. We also enjoy Main Street Live concerts, which are free to the public, and we have brought several festivals and tournaments to the city.
We are now on the cusp of expanding our Civic Center, getting a bark park, and promoting tourism. Other ideas for serious consideration include curbside recycling and an indoor pool.
Where progress goes, questions and possible controversy follow. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen must face all of this by following through with what has previously been voted upon, respect for the rules and protocols, compassion and civility toward each other, honesty in all our dealings, and transparency.
When we run our city in this manner, we reduce controversy and everyone benefits. When problems arise, we resolve them in a straightforward manner, without useless finger pointing and without bullying.
I would appreciate your vote, and I promise to do my utmost to honor your wishes and do what is best for our city. Thank you for your kind consideration.