Democrat for 9th District Representative
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
In today’s fractured political landscape it’s more important than ever that somebody fights for those with disabilities, those in poverty, those suffering from addiction, those struggling to raise children in a single-parent household, and those who have simply lost hope.
We all work hard to keep our families going, but too often we find the odds stacked against us. My campaign advocates from a perspective of equity for job creation, veterans’ health, literacy, school safety, and behavioral health. Stable, productive families equate with the probability of strong economic growth across all sectors.
I am a mother who has tackled the inequities of education and stood watch for the sick child, awaiting a glimmer of hope. I am also a leader who has orchestrated deployment for tons of cargo on time in crisis situations for the US Army in twenty-six nations. I have shaped policies and plans across the armed services; state and federal governmental agencies; and non-profits. My leadership experience has led to the creation of community development solutions for literacy, finance education, health, day-care, and after-school academic programming.
The plan for moving my campaign issues forward is to push persuasive legislation that is sound in policy and programming, and lifts the people in the 9th District as well as statewide.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
A professional education and management experience at the highest levels of the military make me uniquely qualified to pursue functional solutions to today’s problems. I have a doctorate in Innovation and Organizational Leadership, and twenty-five years of executive military service, having retired a U.S. Army Colonel.
I have served as Chief Operating Officer for non-profit organizations; managed statewide resources as Deputy Director for the Division of the Visually Impaired; and chaired State commissions/councils/committees that have responsibility for managing Delaware’s education and employment resources. Currently, as a Trustee for Delaware State University, I chair the Student Success Committee, which is the largest consequential committee for impacting student recruitment, retention, graduation, job preparation, as well as faculty and staff professional readiness at the University.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
Trustee and Chair of Student Success Committee, Delaware State University Board of Trustees
Vice Chair, Democratic 9th Regional District Chair of Education Committee
MOT NAACP Member
Women United Advisory Council
United Way of Delaware Member
Success for All Committee
Appoquininmink School District Member
Military Officers Association of America Member
Norfolk State University Military Alumni Association Lifetime Member
VFW Post 3792
Profession/employment: Retired U.S. Army Colonel
Education: Ed.D., Organizational Leadership
Political experience: Candidate for Appoquinimink School Board; Vice Chair, Democratic 9th District Committee