I was 9 years old when President Kennedy was killed, and that shocking tragedy rocked my world. I watched the upheaval America endured in its wake, and the violence and anger that erupted in the decade that followed. I watched people stand up against an unjust war, and against racism. I saw them take risks, and some even lost their lives. But it was important. It made a difference.
My first actual foray into politics was in 1972. That was the year 18-year olds got the right to vote – and I turned 18 that year. I led the first 18-year-old voter registration drive in my high school.
This early experience made me understand that we the people really do have power! Unfortunately, we are not trained to use our power and instead give it away freely.
And Now… It’s time that we rediscover the power we have, and teach others how to use it. We must remind ourselves of the power of our voices, and of each vote. And we must honor our responsibility, as citizens of a democracy, to be informed on the issues, and vote!
Family, Education, Career & Activism
I have lived in the DFW area since 1978, currently live in Frisco with my husband of 26 years, and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
I graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS majoring in Public Administration and minoring in Marketing, Journalism, and Pre-law.
I owned a secretarial service for 11 years and have been in the home mortgage industry for 25 years. Throughout my career I’ve seen strong business benefits from treating employees, customers, and people in general with fairness and respect.
* Precinct Chair 10+ years in Dallas and Denton counties.
* Democratic Chair, House District 106, since 2016
* Founder of Alliance of Progressive Voters, 2015
* Founder of Indivisible Frisco, 2016
* Former Election Judge
* Member, Daughters of the Republic of Texas since 1991. President, 1995-96.
* Member, North Texas Association of Mortgage Professionals since 1992.
* Communications Director, Neighborhood Board of Directors
* President or board member of numerous organizations over the past 30 years
* Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
Why I want to represent you
I don’t like what I see in politics today. The government is out of balance, with too much influence from wealthy special interests that seek to divide us. I want to help restore balance but notice that we often are fighting the wrong battles, against the wrong enemies, and sometimes with the wrong tools.
As I watched the last year unfold with horror, I realized that too many of us abdicated our power by not being informed, involved, donating and voting. That’s what a healthy, balanced democracy requires.
But we left the Gates of Power open and unguarded by taking our freedoms and way of life for granted. That stops now, with you, and me because to get the government we deserve, we have to BE the change we want. We must rise up and take back our power, turning Texas blue again, and Washington too.
I ASK FOR YOUR HELP
While I live in your community and share many of your values and concerns, I want to discover other good ideas from you and others – ideas that will get us all closer to our ideals.
Don’t be shy. One person’s courage to speak up and do the right thing gives others courage too. Just look at the deafening voices of those who protested in the Women’s March and spoke up against sexual abuse by saying #MeToo. Our time has come. We’re not going to take it anymore. Are you with me?
Texas Democrats have been under represented in Austin politics for too long. It’s time to wake up, come out of hiding, and be loud, proud and progressive! We must inspire our independent and moderate friends to join us too, because it has never been clearer that we are on the right side of history.
I encourage you to Donate to my campaign and Volunteer your time and talents. Take someone’s hand and invite him or her to step out of the shadows as well, because every one of us needs to take action. No more sitting on the couch, disgusted with the news, and shaking our heads. There has never been a better time, and momentum is building. This is the time of strong Texas women. Hear us roar!
ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
I reject rhetoric that seeks to divide us by race, religion, age, gender, sexuality, education, and job position, among others. I believe there’s more to bind us together than tear us apart. I believe we can achieve more by working together. And I believe most all of us want what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed in 1944 with his Economic Bill of Rights:
* The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
* The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
* The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
* The right of every family to a decent home;
* The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
* The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment; and