Meet Kristen Burke
Dr. Kristen Burke, 49, was born in the Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. Soon after, her family moved to the local area when her father was stationed at Mayport. Kristen is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) and long-time business owner of Fleming Island Family Chiropractic on East-West Parkway.
When Kristen was a teenager, she met her future husband, Harold Burke. Harold was born in Green Cove Springs and is a life-long resident, except for his years away attending college. Kristen attended the University of Florida for her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Florida. After graduation from UNF, Kristen and Harold were married. Kristen then received her doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. They both agreed there was no better place than Clay County to come back to, start their business and raise their family. Kristen and Harold Burke still reside in Clay County with their 4 children in Russell Landing, a small community near Lake Asbury. The family has been members of Russell Baptist Church on Sandridge Road for the past 20 years.
In the business community, Kristen promotes business-friendly leadership in Clay County through her civic affiliations and as a local business owner, supporting pro-business candidates. As one of the founding members of Clay Women in Business, Kristen helped create a strong alliance between Christian women in Clay County to encourage professional and personal growth. As a life-long Republican, Kristen has been a strong voice in protecting pristine areas such as Lake Asbury and neighboring communities in promoting smart development.
In recent years, a serious health threat in the Green Cove Springs area thrusted Kristen into a new role of community leadership in the Lake Asbury district. Kristen and her community’s efforts made headlines, including a series of stories published in Folio Weekly:
Dr. Kristen Burke, one of the community leaders, said archival reports depicted different results for hazardous constituents on the property. She produced a map where the man had drawn a diagram of the area indicating where the barrels were buried. Dr. Burke had lots of questions…” ––Folio Weekly
As a small business owner in Clay County for the past 20 years, Kristen loves her community and would like to continue in a stronger manner to do more in the community as part of the Commission. One of Kristen’s priorities as a county commissioner is to keep taxes low in Clay County. Kristen believes better government is less government. As a private-sector business owner, she believes businesses play such a vital role in Clay County, and that our local government should be managed like an efficiently run business, with county residents as vested co-owners.
Communication and transparency is key, just as in any successful business”, Kristen said.
Kristen has confidence this concept will provide citizens with decision-making power, and a mechanism to voice their opinions in that government. Kristen’s strong work ethic and traditional values will make her an asset on the Commission.