When I was growing up in New Jersey, my father directed a Presbyterian camp. For 10 years, I lived and worked there, absorbing the simple and important values that were the essence of the camp: One, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and, two, that we are all called in this life to serve the least of those among us.
Those are values you don’t hear much about in politics these days. Yet, I believe they should be the guiding principles for our community and for our state. Yes, we want what’s best for ourselves and our families, but we can also want what’s best for all of us.
It’s true: A rising tide lifts all boats. When we create communities where everyone can thrive, it makes life better for all of us. That’s why I’m running to represent you in the NC House.
Here are my top three priorities:
- I will focus on excellence in public education and treating our teachers well.
- I will work to assure that health care is a right, not a privilege.
- I will help create jobs and retool our region’s industry to compete and succeed in the 21st century.
I received my B.S. in design from the University of Delaware and my A.A.S. in design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. A few years into my career, I landed in the hosiery industry and worked for Liz Claiborne and Cole Haan. That was my springboard to move to Hickory to work for Ellis Hosiery, which offered me the opportunity to lead its design department.
I moved to Hickory in 1999 and have not looked back. The move enabled me to grow professionally and personally. The industry has experienced a lot of change, but I am excited to work with entrepreneurs and be a part of growing momentum in the textile industry.
This is home. My family -- my husband, Walter, and our son, Connor – live in northeast Hickory.
As I take this journey to serve the 96th District, I want to hear from you about the issues that are most important to you. I want to know what works for you and what does not. Most of all, I want to work with you to create a better state for you, me, and our children.