WHY I’M RUNNING NOW
Our basic human rights are being taken away. Our civil rights are being taken away. Our very freedom and democracy are being attacked. I value the right for everyone to make their own quality of life decisions, to live the life they choose for themselves. I value everyone’s freedom to choose their own healthcare and their own marriage partner. I despise the political corruption, hate, lies, and hypocrisy that are undermining our independence and freedom.
State legislatures set the tone for the entire nation, so we must set the tone for our state legislature. We must elect pro-rights, anti-corruption Democrats to the Virginia General Assembly so they can continue their work on human rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, expanding access to healthcare, and supporting safe schools. We are in a fight for our very lives. This is why I am running to be elected as the Democratic Delegate for Virginia’s 50th House District. You can join the fight to protect our rights, freedom, and democracy by donating to my campaign at ActBlue.
WHY I CHOSE TO RUN IN THE FIRST PLACE
I ran to put people first, to help our local community thrive, and to ensure that the voices of rural Virginians in my House District were heard by the General Assembly. It wasn’t enough to vote to remove my Delegate; it wasn’t enough to write Letters to the Editor; it wasn’t enough to work for good when my Delegate worked against us. It was an aha moment when my Delegate told me he doesn’t listen to one person, but if I got someone to speak, like the Supervisors . . . that is when I told myself that I must run to unseat him. In that one comment, he told me that he doesn’t respect me and that he was not going to listen to my concerns.
WHY I CHOSE TO RUN A SECOND TIME
My Delegate continued to ignore his constituents. He ignored some of his constituents and told others that there was nothing he could do. He would not even try to make sure that his constituents had a clean environment, clean air, and clean drinking water. His constituents deserve to have their voices heard. They deserve a Delegate that will work for them, to ensure their safety, health, and welfare.
Rural Virginians deserve to have the same opportunities as those in more populated parts of the Commonwealth to live and work in their communities. They deserve a thriving economy, well-paid jobs, access to affordable broadband, a high-quality education system, access to affordable healthcare, and a clean environment. They deserve a voice in the General Assembly.
I wanted to make sure that the equality and justice legislation that had been enacted was not undone and that the General Assembly continued to enact equality and justice legislation to protect individual rights and the rights of nature for all Virginians.
I grew up in a small working-class family, moving frequently as my father traveled to where he could find work. I’m still a member of the working class. Or was, until the economy forced me into early retirement. My family lineage is not unique. My ancestors were from Europe and Asia and were no strangers to war. Irish, Scots, English, German, and Dutch blood flowed through my dad’s veins. My mom was born and raised in Hawai’i and was eight years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Her father and brothers were sent to a stateside internment camp.
Except for a portion of my elementary school years residing in California, I grew up in Michigan. As most of us did, I attended public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Although I didn’t participate in extracurricular activities, I recognize their importance as part of a high-quality education system. In high school, I was inducted into the National Honor Society and received the John & Elizabeth Whitely Business Award. After graduation, I enlisted in the the Air Force, received an Honor Graduate Certificate upon completion of the Administrative Specialist Course, completed the Legal Services Specialist Course, and then worked as a Legal Services Specialist. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force at the end of my enlistment, I accompanied my husband on his tours of duty. While in the Philippines, I worked in various military and State Department offices. When I returned stateside, I lived in Maryland and worked in Virginia before moving to Virginia in 1990.
While it may sound like a mundane life, it has been anything but. I relocated to Lunenburg County in 1998. Jobs were scarce then, too, so I enrolled at Longwood College to complete the degree program I had started elsewhere so many years previously. I graduated Magna cum Laude with a BS in Sociology and a Concentration in Criminal Justice. I served as Secretary of the Commuter Student Association, received two Citizen Leader Awards, and was inducted into three Honor Societies. I then enrolled in master-level courses and received a Certificate in Social Policy and Administration.
As though raising five children wasn’t busy enough, while they were growing up, I volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader and a Brownie Girl Scout Leader. I also volunteered as the Secretary of a church group and typed the newsletters for the PTA and homeowner’s association. More recently, I was a substitute teacher, served as the Secretary of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce and am currently Secretary of the Friends of the Victoria Public Library. I am an active member of the Lunenburg County Democratic Committee and a supporter of two local groups working toward environmental, racial, and economic justice.
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