Tisha Flora is telling Rexburg voters she wants to continue her personal involvement in creating recreation opportunities and hopes to keep working on the issues that are important to residents.
Flora is running for re-election for what would be her second term on the Rexburg City Council. She is one of four candidates in contention for three spots on the council.
The 49-year-old said her favorite occupation is being a mother. She received a business management degree from Brigham Young University and has lived with her family in Rexburg for 20 years.
In her time on the Rexburg City Council, she has worked with projects on city parks, improving Rexburg’s roads and more. She also previously served on the Rexburg Planning and Zoning Commission.
“The last four years has been a pleasure—a big learning curve, but a pleasure,” Flora said. “I think one of my favorite things that I’ve enjoyed is spending time with the citizens, hearing their concerns, finding answers to their questions and figuring out ways to help in the situation that they’re in.”
Flora said she is happy they have moved in the right direction with increased funding for road maintenance but said she thinks they need to go further in that direction.
When asked what she felt the most important issues facing Rexburg are right now, Flora first cited growth and how it is handled.
“I think we need to recognize change is coming and we can either choose to plan for it or not plan for it,” she said.
Flora said one thing the city—in conjunction with the Planning and Zoning Commission—has done well to promote healthy and affordable growth is creating a Pedestrian Emphasis District or PED zone around the campus of BYU-Idaho.
The designation allows infrastructure designed for dense population to be outfitted to the areas near the campus of BYU-Idaho more effectively.
Moving forward, Flora said she wants the voice of the people to guide her decision-making. She wants to be sure that voters are informed of all that goes into building and improving city functions—specifically, the financial burden placed on citizens when new projects are undertaken.
In reference to the proposition of increased city spending for improving roads, Flora said, “I guess the question is back to the citizens. Is that what you want?”
In response to how she would work to attract businesses to Rexburg, Flora said she wants to focus on infrastructure, improving recreation opportunities, and continuing efforts to help Rexburg be a family-friendly place.