Democrat Candidate for state representative, District 63
Age and occupation: 36, part-time Spanish teacher and Sunday school director.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and education with a minor in health from Belmont University. Master’s degree in educational administration from Fort Hays State University.
Family: Husband, David, and three children, ages 8, 5 and 3. Parents as well as sister and brother-in-law also live in the district with their children.
Community/civic affiliations (church, nonprofits, etc.): Sunday school director at church for over 10 years. On parent advisory committee at children’s elementary school. Previously volunteered for Catholic Charities, local nonprofit health clinics and the Williamson County Democratic Party.
History as candidate: None.
Why are you running for this office?
I’m running to represent District 63 because I believe our community deserves a leader with integrity who puts voters, not special interests, first.
I knew my opposition to Glen Casada was about more than just policy differences when he was forced to resign as House speaker after numerous scandals led his GOP colleagues to give him a vote of “no confidence.”
What are the top three issues you believe state representatives should address in the next General Assembly?
The Tennessee General Assembly must be proactive in guiding and funding contact tracing and safety requirements during COVID-19. This will keep our businesses open while ensuring public safety.
We must protect public school funding from out-of-state special interest groups that divert our tax dollars to private schools.
Lastly, I support the bipartisan effort to use existing federal funds to expand Medicaid, making health care more affordable for thousands of Tennesseans at no additional cost to taxpayers.
What makes you the best candidate for this seat?
Unlike my opponent, I’m a political outsider not marred by scandal. My values and policy positions are more in line with those of the voters here in District 63.
Like many in our community, I am also a working mom who is used to cleaning up messes, making compromises and breaking up fights, and I will bring these skills, along with a fresh and honest perspective to the state House.