I get asked why I decided to run for City Council. So many reasons, but the one that comes the most to mind is that I truly love Georgetown and care about what happens to our community. My experience as a small business owner, working for large international corporations (Sony and Toyota) and managing non profits, gives me many different experiences and skill sets. I can tell you that running a struggling arts non profit makes you think on your feet. Managing a small business often means writing checks to everyone but yourself. You have to keep your word to clients, employees and guarantee a product.
I have such happy memories of growing up in Georgetown during the 60’s and 70’s. It was truly a special place. We lived on Highland Avenue and I would often walk downtown with my friends. Georgetown was a great place to grow up back then, and I think that it still is.
I went to Garth Elementary and Scott County High School, where I was very active in the 4-H program, band, and volunteer projects. Deciding to spread my wings a bit, I went to Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. I put myself though school by working in the Political Science Department and I graduated with Honors. Every summer I came home and worked at the Kentucky Horse Park. While at Hollins, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill in the Congressional Office of Larry Hopkins.
After college, I lived in New York City for 13 years. I came back to central Kentucky in 1998. Living in many places has shown me to how truly special Georgetown is.
While in New York, I worked in the music business at SONY Music, EMI Records and Radio City Music Hall. While working in the music business, I had the opportunity to work with such acts as U2, Van Halen, Tom Petty, the Marsalis brothers and Harry Connick, Jr. During that that time, I fell in love with hat design and started my own business in 1993. Twenty years later I am still designing hats. I have a thriving business and have clients all over the world. It’s always an honor seeing my hats in the Winner’s Circle at the Kentucky Derby. My business has donated hats to various charities over the years, helping non profit groups raise over $40,000.
As a Small Business Owner I have the experience and management skills needed to help the Georgetown City Council meet its many challenges. Managing a small business is not for the faint of heart, especially with a precarious economy.
I am fortunate to live in Downtown Georgetown. Some of my favorite things to do are walking by the Elkhorn, eating downtown and shopping on Main Street. I am a member of Saints John and Francis Catholic Church.
My qualifications include:
- ✓ Small business owner of Polly Singer Couture Hats, based in Georgetown, selling hats nationally
- ✓ Management Experience with Non Profits – Former Executive Director of the Lexington Art League
- ✓ Experience working at major international corporations such as Sony and Toyota.
- ✓ Graduated with honors from Hollins College with a B.A. in Political Science
- ✓ Interned on Capitol Hill in the Seventh District Congressional Office
- ✓ Worked with different groups as a volunteer.
As a member of the Georgetown City Council, I will represent our city with honesty, professionalism, and consideration for every citizen of our community.