I am running to serve as an ADEM Delegate to the Democratic Party because I believe I can bring unique experience and perspective to the party establishment. I understand from personal experience the challenges many of us face and the importance of Democratic values.
Growing up, my family struggled with financial survival. My mother became sick with cancer when I was young, and I took care of her while holding down two jobs to make ends meet. She died when I was just 19 years old, and I became the guardian of my younger sister. The fight for a living wage, greater housing support, and quality healthcare for all are personal to me.
I am now the mother of three children, two of whom have disabilities. My oldest son has a developmental disability and attends public school with a paraeducator at his side and has an individualized education plan (IEP). My daughter has a physical disability, has undergone multiple surgeries and receives physical therapy. The fight for stronger public education, greater support and civil rights protections for people with disabilities are personal to me.
As a Black woman, I have faced discrimination and harassment, even in my own community. The fight for civil rights, justice reform and against poverty and persecution are personal to me.
We face challenging times. But I don’t run from challenges. I face them and conquer them. I would be honored to bring my experience, passion and dedication to the service of the Democratic Party.
Please see a brief ‘hello’ from me and my kids!