However, after attending town council meetings and listening to the residents of Holly Springs she decided the time had come to throw her hat into the ring. On July 14, Goodwin declared her candidacy for the Holly Springs Town Council.
“Running for Town Council is not something one would do on whim, a great deal of thought went into this decision," Goodwin said."I attended Town Council Meetings, Town hearings, sought residents’ opinions on what was right and what needed to be improved, completed the Town’s Lead Academy for Citizens and studied the facts just as I do running my own business.Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a doer. I have no problem asking questions, and believe in being involved in the process.”
Goodwin said if she is elected to the the council she will be serving in the job with a different perspective.
“Having lived in Holly Springs with my chief supporter and husband, Todd, for 8 years and being a mother of three young boys Chase, Colin, and Carter, all under 10 years of age, gives me a different perspective on looking at our town, its needs and wants, and direction,” Goodwin said. “ There is an old adage that has served me well, 'Why did God give me two ears and one tongue; to listen more and talk less.' I have been listening. Many residents have expressed concerns regarding taxes being too high, traffic, lack of recreation fields for soccer and other sports, children being bused from our town to schools in other towns, town fees for yard waste, waste treatment, and water all going up. “
One of Goodwin's believes one of the biggest concerns facing the community is its growth.
“The greatest concern I hear is how our town has grown too much and too fast. Councilmen Womble and DeBenedetto are right. Currently there are some 6,000 plus additional houses already approved for construction, meaning an additional 6,000-8,000 children in our schools, and a significant increase in traffic. It will become more and more a question of what is in the best interest of our resident’s quality of life versus the interests of developers. To me there is no question, I will always vote on behalf of the quality of life of our residents.”
Goodwin is no stranger to the Holly Springs community. She serves on the Holly Springs Chamber of Commece Board of Directors, is the chair of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, is a member of the Holly Springs Business alliance, serves as treasurer of the Lakeside Homeowners Association, is a graduate of Holly Springs' Lead Academy for Citizens and works with Cub Scout Pack 66 at Holly Springs United Methodist Church.