Natalie Davis is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, community activist and musician. She has more than 25 years of professional journalism experience, having worked as a reporter and editor in broadcast, print and new media. She has won awards for investigative reporting, interviewing and website design from numerous professional societies, including the Maryland Society of Professional Journalists. Her book, "Real Estate Career Launcher" (co-written with Kelly Tomkies), recently was published.
Natalie also is a mom, songwriter and musician (singer-guitarist, primarily) who performs periodically at venues and festivals along the East Coast.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?Are you registered with a certain party?
I am a progressive Independent and committed pacifist. As a rule, I avoid parties.
DISCLOSURE: During the 2012 campaign season, I donated $9 to the campaign to re-elect President Obama.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, but walked away from it as an adult though connections with the RCC still exist. I consider myself highly spiritual, but most organized religion leaves me cold. I proudly belong to the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches and also dabble in Quakerism, Buddhism and Judaism.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?Where do you stand on each of these issues?
The most important issues facing Parsippany are those that affect taxpayers. My role as a journalist is to get answers for the people. The citizens need to know how their money is spent and if it is being used wisely and responsibly. It's my job to find the answers and present you with the facts.
Education is also a major priority for Parsippany. As the mother of two, it is a concern I share, and much of my work will center around giving readers in-depth information about the school system and the many schools it operates.
Another concern I see is a growing debate over the direction for the township's master plan. Some want more urbanization and smart growth, others want Parsippany to remain as is. All views are valid, and I want to present as many as possible and to have Patch serve as a venue for community discussion.
Parsippany-Troy Hills belongs to all its citizens. You have a stake in what happens—you should have your say. Here, you can.