Trudy Berry,

the Candidate

MY STORY

WHY I’M RUNNING

I’m running to put people first and to ensure that the voices of rural Virginians are heard by the General Assembly. Rural Virginians deserve to have the same opportunities as those in other parts of the Commonwealth to live and work in their communities with a healthy economy.

To establish a healthy economy, our rural communities need well-paid jobs, affordable broadband, a high quality education system, access to affordable healthcare, and a clean environment.

I want to make sure that the equality and justice legislation that has been enacted over the past few years is not undone and that the General Assembly continues to enact equality and justice legislation to protect individual rights and the rights of nature for all Virginians.

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BACKGROUND

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.Use of military rank, titles, or photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.

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