I grew up in Lafayette County and graduated from Oxford High School. My father, Rev. Dr. Ted Klingen served as the Deacon at St. John's Catholic Church and was a Professor at the University of Mississippi. My mother, Maura Klingen, was an instructor in the School of Education.
I completed my undergraduate and law degrees at UM and I have worked at the university for over 25 years. My current position involves insuring that our academic programs are in compliance with state and federal regulations and policies. Throughout my career I have successfully brought together individuals with many differing opinions and worked to ensure that everyone's voices were heard and considered. One of the best ways to achieve this is to actively listen to your ideas and concerns. I am committed to an open dialogue between residents and county government. I believe that everyone's voices should be part of the discussion when making crucial decisions.
Lafayette County residents are fortunate. We have a great location,
institutions, businesses, culture, and the amenities associated with a
college town, and the charm of a welcoming community. These qualities make our county an attractive place to visit, retire, own a weekend home, or start a business. Yet the demands of growth need to be developed in a way that benefits our families, community resources, and rural areas as well as ensuring an easy path for entrepreneurs and small start-up businesses, which will grow our economy. We need creative thinkers who will recognize that the issues facing Lafayette are not individual problems but are all interconnected.
I would appreciate your vote on November 7, 2023.