Valerie is a first time candidate running for Andover City Council. She is currently serving her ninth year as the chairperson of the City Planning and Zoning Commission. Prior to that, she chaired and served on the Park and Recreation Board for six years. She takes pride in her community and enjoys volunteering during Fun Fest, working at highway clean-ups, and authoring a column in the city newsletter. She hopes to develop the Andover economy by creating more services, retail stores, and dining options. Valerie is a strong advocate for protection of the wildlife habitat and the preservation of our open spaces, trees, and lakes ensuring the clean environment which defines the character of Andover. As a 21 year resident, Holthus knows her community and the needs of her fellow citizens and is dedicated to maintaining the high quality of life in Andover.