If elected, she plans to nurture the arts and environment, prohibit high-rises from going up, and maintaining the small town feel of “Mayberry with an edge”. She’s recently taken advantage of Florida Forever, the environmental land-buying program kept alive by Governor Crist. It makes sense to preserve the land, considering Dunedin was just voted as having the #1 beach in the country.
TBI: Are you worried about the possibility of inheriting Dunedin in less than favorable economic times?
DK: “The Chinese symbol for crisis is the very same symbol for opportunity. I really believe that there will be great opportunities, and it will have to be very creative. We’ll have to look at new collaborations, but I think that the important thing is for Dunedin not to stand still.”
TBI: What are some things that makes a great leader?
DK: "I think compassion, honesty, integrity, creativity, kindness…and vision. I think it’s important that leaders have vision. They have the ability to really think out of the box and not say, “Well, we’ve always done it this way”.
TBI: You seem to have such a soft, nourishing touch…
DK: "I think women leaders tend to have that quality. They can be strong, but they have different qualities than male leaders. They can be nourishing and that can shape."
TBI: I love that idea of being a strong woman, but doing it in a dress.
DK: "We went through this thing in the 80s… you really played down your femininity to get by. Some of the strong women leaders coming out of that movement a long time ago gave up some of their femininity, but I think that’s shifting and now I think there’s a new paradigm. Women have to understand they can be strong, they can be authoritative they can retain their femininity; it’s a blend instead of having to shift this way or that way. "
TBI: Why do you think this area has gotten so much nicer all of a sudden?
DK: "I really think that creative people call to creative people, so when you start getting a nucleus of creative people anywhere that calls to more people of that nature. When you get that feel of that creativity nourished and respected in a community it just brings more of the creative entrepreneurial people in."
TBI: Do you plan on nourishing it?