Editor’s note: This is one of several articles in a series of profiles on Westchester/Playa Del Rey Neighborhood Council candidates that Patch will be running leading up to the election.
What would you prioritize if you were voted in?
The first thing I would like to do is make people aware that we have a Neighborhood Council in our area. I have been out campaigning and no one is even aware that it exists. I want them to know there is a Neighborhood Organization "behind them" that can help them in their everyday life or with their business, and to get them more involved within our Community.
Who are your primary supporters?
Anyone that currently knows me are supporting me. My longtime friends and clients are aware that I am extremely pro-active, honorable, charitable, accessible, and a very positive person. I have worked really hard in my life to build up my own business and I utilize that same passion with everything I do. When I take on a project, I go full force and always do the best job I can, whether it is with helping a friend find an apartment, encouraging someone to start "their new business venture", or trying to find homes for rescue/stray animals.
What issue do you feel most strongly about and what’s your position?
Helping local businesses is really important, especially with the economy taking a downturn the past few years. I would like to make people more aware of all of the businesses "in our own backyard". If people aren't aware you are there, then they can't patron your store. Marketing is extremely important to any venture. I am also very passionate about helping children and animals since "we are their only voice".
What's one thing most constituents don't know about you?
That I am a go-getter and I always believe "Where there is a will, there is a way." If I feel strongly about something, I don't give up. I am also a "problem-solver." I always try to think of solutions, not dwell on the problems.
Why did you decide to run?
I really enjoy helping people and it gives me an avenue to help on a larger scale. Life is extremely difficult for so many right now, and it is important for people to know they are not alone.
Karen Stone is running for District Seat 14, a four-year term. To read more candidate profiles, click here.