For House District 112
The key to my decision to run for the District 112 seat is a central concern over the long-term health and financial well-being of our region. Wages have been stagnant for decades in our communities, families struggle to make ends meet, and that needs to change.
I have strong ties to my district, I was born and raised here, and I have dedicated my life to public service. Through my professional career, board appointments, and volunteerism, I am dedicated to finding and promoting initiatives to better my community and transform the lives of all whom I serve.
Today, the issues are real - we have a health care system that is putting the welfare of hundreds of thousands at risk, a minimum wage held at $7.25, homelessness, once hidden in our communities is a main street issue. A drug epidemic combined with high pockets of poverty that put the well-being of our youth in danger. And a correction system that has serious safety issues. It's time the State Legislature got down to business and stopped playing partisan politics. It's time politicians went to work for the people they represent!”
My appointments include Chairman of the Burke County Board of Adjustment and past member of the Board of Directors of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. I was instrumental in the creation of the Valdese Economic Development and Incentive Corporation (VEDIC), a job-creation engine that helps businesses in Alexander, Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford counties. I am a graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute in Cary and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Gardner-Webb University and completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Western Piedmont Community College.
I am dedicated to developing cooperation and cohesiveness for the District 112 communities. I want to explore the issues families are facing here at home by promoting an open dialogue. An open dialogue that will bring our communities together so the real work that needs to take place in Raleigh can begin. This will be a difficult race but if we work across party lines to tackle the real problems our communities face, we can find real solutions to the challenges that exist.