Owning a business, working downtown or owning a home in Lawrence doesn't entitle anyone to the ultimate truth.
That's why Brenda McFadden isn't claiming to have all the answers -- just the ability to seek them out and put them into action.
"I want to provide leadership that rises above any single vision for Lawrence," she said.
McFadden, 35, is running for a seat on the Lawrence City Commission because she "wants to give something back" to the community that has given her plenty.
She owns McFadden and Associates, an accounting firm at 825 Vt., and spends her days helping businesses and individuals deal with often complex financial issues.
The commission would be no different.
McFadden supports managing planned growth, finding a consensus solution for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway, preserving the quality and vitality of downtown and creating a coordinated public-transportation system with Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University.
Working together for transit is key, she said.
"We can find a solution that doesn't leave the city paying for it 100 percent," McFadden said.
McFadden has owned her own accounting business since May, when she bought out Mike Hickman. Today she oversees a staff of four full-time employees and one part-time employee that compiles financial statements, provides payroll services, conducts audits and does taxes for 200 small businesses and about 450 individuals in Lawrence.
"What I do for a living is plan and help people pick the best solution," McFadden said. "That's what I'll do here."
McFadden and her husband, Mike Beaton, have a daughter, Grace Beaton, 10, a fifth-grader at St. John School.
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