It is an honor to be the Tennessee House District 78 democratic candidate for the 112th Tennessee General Assembly. I am a lifelong Tennessean with deep family roots in Cheatham and Dickson County. I grew up in Ashland City where my parents raised three children plus an adopted son. I graduated from Cheatham County High School in 1972. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is my employer (Division of Hematopathology).
Much of my adult life has been steeped in political advocacy surrounding issues that impact quality of life, basic human rights and equality. I have been an environmental activist since the days of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor and the US Department of Energy’s desire (early 80s) to put a temporary storage dump in Tennessee for our nation’s nuclear waste. District 78 can count on me to be genuinely committed to protecting our environment.
Since 2007, I have served as the Tennessee representative for the American Adoption Congress. The AAC promotes honesty, openness and respect for family connections in adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction.
In 2009, I was presented the Tennessean’s David Cobb Award for "Promoting the Values Embodied in the Bill of Rights." In 2010, I was nominated for an ATHENA Award, which honors business and professional women for their career successes, service to community and encouragement of women.
Tennessee will have many dire challenges when the legislature convenes in January. Jobs, economic recovery and development, education, child welfare, healthcare and vital services will be at the forefront as we struggle to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and record budget shortfalls.
District 78 is plagued by an opioid addiction crisis on top of the pandemic. This presents serious concerns about children who reside in drug-laced homes. COVID-19 made bad situations worse. I will be a strong advocate on behalf of those most at-risk.
These are unprecedented and unpredictable times. I pledge to be a dynamic voice for District 78’s greater good.
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Thank you in advance for your support and your vote. Special thanks to all the Poll Workers for providing the most important public service.
Ashland City, Tennessee
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