I have spent most of my adult life advocating for my community. I left the Spotsylvania County School Board in June of this year, where I proudly served for 10 years. I am running for the 88th House of Delegates because I have personally witnessed the breakdown between state and localities. As a longtime elected official, I have seen first hand how hard it is to get our legislators moving to support our district. I want to connect those dots! I was very successful in getting things done as a member of the school board, and now I want to bring my drive and passion to the the 88th district as your state representative.
What makes you the best candidate?
We currently have a 16-year incumbent who has not produced real results that support our district. I am the only other candidate running with the experience and knowledge to represent the 88th district. I have a proven track record and I cross party lines for the common sense vote. I am running as an independent. I have taken no political party, lobbyist or developer’s money. I am not beholden to a party and can truly fight on behalf of my constituents and small businesses.
What ranks as the most important issue facing the 2018 General Assembly and how do you plan to address it?
Traffic; I plan to advocate for a regional transportation authority to keep funding support right here in the 88th District. Advocate for more VRE lines. Small businesses; support owners by advocating for less taxes and less regulations so they can grow their business and succeed. Public education; fully fund public education, advocate to eliminate SOLs and replace with assessment that allow teachers to teach, not teach to a test.
Please, describe the most difficult you’ve faced in a leadership position and your response to that situation.
I have had several tough issues I was able to resolve in my many years of public service but one that stands out was the immediate rise in homeless students in our public schools after the recession hit in 2008. I immediately met with school social workers. We became a team and devised a plan to support these students. Among other things we founded The Treasure House that is still going strong today. It’s supplies basic needs such as toothpaste and socks but also provides emotional support and educational needs of families who find themselves in a homeless situation.