Boca Raton
Council Seat A

Kathy Cottrell

  • Age: 60
  • City: Boca Raton
  • Family: Married, no children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Doctorate in organizational psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
  • Master's degree in public policy and administration, California State University-Long Beach
  • Bachelor of science degree in news editing and reporting, University of Florida
  • Associate of arts degree, College of Boca Raton/Lynn University
    • Recent job: Senior organization effectiveness consultant, Tenet Healthcare (2006-2016)
  • Senior organization effectiveness consultant, Tenet Healthcare (2006-2016)
  • Organization development consultant and strategic learning principle, Raytheon (2001-2005)
  • Senior organization development consultant, Walt Disney World (1998-2000)
  • Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    Some of my top priorities will include:
  • responsible growth that takes resident’s quality of life into consideration.
  • working with the school district to address school safety and overcrowding.
  • ensuring the penny sales tax referendum money is spent on much needed infrastructure (traffic, public spaces, transit, etc.).
  • bridging the communications gap between our city and our residents.
  • Should suspended Mayor Susan Haynie resign?
    Explain your position on Haynie's resignation.
    While everyone has the right to a presumption of innocence and due process, in the best interests of the city, I respectfully believe the mayor should resign.
    Do you support rezoning of parts of central Boca Raton, the largely commercial area near Town Center Mall for example, to allow residential and commercial uses to be mixed?
    Explain your answer on rezoning.
    Using the Town Center Mall area as an example, I would support a mixed-use plan of residential and commercial that addresses the concerns of residents in the surrounding area: traffic, density, school overcrowding, quality of life, etc.
    Considering the expected passage of a homestead exemption increase in November, should your community compensate by increasing the property tax rate?
    Please explain your position on the homestead exemption increase and increasing property tax rate.
    I do not support raising taxes. Boca Raton is fiscally sound. Between rising property values and all the new development that has already been approved, our tax base is increasing steadily. We can find creative ways to absorb the financial impact.
    Is your community doing enough to maintain services such as police and roads?
    Please explain your position on maintaining services.
    There is always room for improvement, but our city beautifully maintains our median strips, and plans are underway to improve our roadways in some parts of town. I will ensure the additional revenues from the recently approved penny sales tax referendum are used to address our infrastructure.

    While I believe we have one of the finest police departments, we need to better anticipate their current/future needs to ensure they have the most state of the art tools and resources to do their job.
    Do you support growth in your community?
    Please explain your position on growth.
    I believe in planned growth...it's important to look forward, factoring data and information into the decision making of when, why, and how to grow. We also need to learn from the past. It involves listening to the business community and residents to know how growth decisions will impact quality of life: traffic, congestion, noise, amenities, environmental sustainability and will growth be welcomed and supported. Growth should also take into consideration diverse desires/needs.
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