As a single mother and Democrat in Williamson County, I see massive gaps in representation for anyone who isn’t conservative and Republican. I see real people who speak English as a second language, families with diverse religious beliefs and working citizens without health care who are not fairly represented and are even victims of persecution from our existing elected official in District 63. Rather than moving to Nashville like a lot of people my age and political affiliation, I plan to stay here and fight for fair representation for everyone in this district. My daughter is just beginning her public schooling in Williamson County and my parents will age and die here so I’ve got many years left to dedicate to improving the quality of life in this county.
Our elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions, or lack thereof, at the state level and we can’t have one more legislative session like this year where our public schools were opened up to privatization and the conversation about access to health care was non existent. My deep roots, strong community ties and passion for inclusion are driving factors behind my success. I’ve also surrounded myself with a team of campaign experts who work with me daily to raise money, strategically target folks who will vote for me, make donations and volunteer to help me knock on over 15,000 doors before November. We have a clear path to victory and in the month since announcing my campaign, people of all walks of life have reached out to be with words of support and contribution checks.
Two years ago, I co-founded a social enterprise company called Girls to the Moon with the simple mission of empowering young girls to change the world. We value inclusivity, respect, empathy, fearlessness and truth. These values serve as a guide in daily decisions and speak to the importance of teaching young girls and women to love themselves. I firmly believe in equal pay for equal work and also support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. We need more women in office who will fight for these basic rights and change the conversation.
I will speak for the single mothers, the teachers and police and firefighters who can’t afford to live here and the families who speak another language before English. I support workforce housing efforts that Glen Casada passed a bill to stop just last month. I believe in equal pay for equal work and you better believe I will fight for our mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters to be paid what they deserve. It’s 2016 and the fact that we’re still having this conversation fires me up even more to get into the state house.
The traffic here is horrible. Our local officials do a great job with long term planning and fighting for the money they need in our budgets, but there’s a disconnect at the state level. Rather than fighting to fulling fund our schools and fix our roads and finish Mack Hatcher, Glen Casada supports vouchers to pull tax money from our public schools, is fighting a non-existent war on Christians by defunding the diversity program at UT, supports the Bible bill and pushed for pet skunks all while calling for Syrian Refugees to be rounded up and shipped out. These are not real problems and he’s offered no real solutions to what we need.
We need common sense leadership that’s not funded by outside special interest groups. We need more women in leadership and we need to focus on our schools, our roads and our workforce. Just this month, the Tennessean reported that Glen said he will support Trump in the Presidential election.
Vouchers will come up again next year, and our teachers and students deserve a representative who will speak for them and keep our tax dollars inside our public schools. I’m very involved with the Williamson County school board and have been following this closely. I will fight to keep tax payer money in our public schools and work with our commissioners to fully fund our public schools.
As an entrepreneur and single mother, Insure TN hits close to home and I feel it’s extremely important that the state representatives in Williamson County push for our working citizens to have proper coverage. We have over 4000 people who fall into the coverage gap and I will stand up for every working citizen who deserves access to healthcare and push for Insure TN.
We’ve got a lot of work to do, but together we truly can make a change in District 63. We deserve better.