Who am I?

Born in Bastrop, Texas in 1952 and raised in Temple, Texas. I have also lived in San Marcos, Dallas, Mesquite, and the Van Zandt County side of Mabank, Texas. I have probably lived in the district approximately 34 years, depending on the fluctuation of the map. I currently reside in the middle of the district near Payne Springs in Henderson County.

Graduated from Temple High School in 1970; attended Temple Junior College where I earned my Associate of Arts in 1972; attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, for approximately two years.

While still living in Dallas, I attended Southern Methodist University at night and obtained my Business Law Certificate of Specialization for Legal Assistants in 1986.

I am single and currently employed as a Legal Assistant at Weinstein Law in Athens, Texas.

Currently President of the Texas Democratic Women of Henderson County, served as Precinct Chair for 2PSS in Henderson County, and am also a Deputy Voter Registrar.

Served on the Board of Directors for The Dance Council in Dallas from 2002-2003. Also served as President of the Christian Women's Fellowship at the First Christian Church in Mesquite, Texas, for two years.

Served as President of North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS) located in Dallas from 1994-1996 and have been a member of NTTDS since 1990. I regularly teach and call contra dances, barn dances, re-enactments of Civil War Balls, and English Country dances in Dallas, Denton, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Bryan/College Station, Nacogdoches, irving, Athens, Tyler, Longview, Oklahoma City, etc.

In 2011, I was named Honorary Member of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Conference (RYLA), Rotary District 5790.

Why am I running?

I believe the incumbent in my race does not take my constituents or me to Washington with him. I believe he lives in a very small world full of CEOs, bankers, lobbyists, Wall Street executives, special interest groups, and a handful of the wealthiest citizens. My incumbent and the people he takes with him to Washington are setting policies for the rest of us to live by to control our lives and take away our freedoms and rights. I have witnessed my incumbent misleading, misdirecting and misrepresenting the issues to his constituency and I have witnessed him encourage anarchy. This is hurting our country and I cannot stand by and let him do this.

I want to support and empower the weakest citizens who are able and willing to work hard.

I believe it is important that there be a fairer balance in representation including more women in leadership to represent issues important to women such as fair wages, protection from violence, affordable preventive healthcare, and basic social programs such as nutrition assistance, child care, food stamps, medicare and other health services helping mothers having a hard time finding medical care for themselves and their children.

I support providing accessible and affordable education and job training to help people whose jobs have evaporated in this economy.

I support adopting a more rational policy on who can enter this country as an immigrant, and a pathway to citizenship through a combination of education, public service, and/or military service for children who were born or brought into this country under the age of 18.

I support protecting the environment and developing more efficient energy resources.

I support small business, implementing programs that assure a strong middle class economy, improving our infrastructure, clean energy jobs, affordable healthcare for everyone, security for our seniors, safety and security for our workers, and taxes that do not burden the lower wage earners.

I support being able to love and marry whomever we chose.

I support maintaining and strengthening programs that work and are popular with the vast majority of our citizens, like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

My Goals

If elected, I will hit the ground running and get on as many committees as possible. I will support legislation aimed at improving our economy by encouraging job growth, education, and job training, and reducing the debt by increasing revenue and reducing the need for government stimulus.

My DFA Values

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My Campaign is People Powered!

I won the May 29 primary through hard work and contributions from ordinary individuals and I have been able to maintain my campaign through their support and contributions because we share the same values and concerns and are interested in a positive change in the congressional leadership in my district. I am not wealthy and I do not work for any powerful corporation, so I must depend on the friends I make on the campaign trail for support and contributions. I make friends by attending all my district democratic party clubs, unions, churches, etc.

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