I believe that service to your community is an essential element of any successful society. Since I served in the military, I lived in various places all over the country and around the world, but I always found a way to volunteer my time to organizations and people in need. When I lived in Hawaii, I led an effort to organize the entire intelligence command center (at COMPACFLT) to spend time building a home with Habitat for Humanity. Similarly, while we were living in northern Vietnam, my husband and I raised more than $30,000 to help elderly residents suffering from the physical and emotional scars of leprosy.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make a difference in people's lives, but I believe you do have to be committed to modeling and mentoring others, and making consistent and rational decisions.
I believe in being honest with others and with myself about who I am and what I can contribute. I believe that public officials have a civic and moral responsibility to act in the best interest of the community and the country, while safeguarding individual rights.
I believe in the importance of working with others, especially those who have different perspectives and experiences. I have found that I often learn more from those who disagree with me, and I appreciate people who have the skill to present their views in an objective and unbiased way.
The motto in my home is: “Don’t complain unless you can offer a solution.” I am ready to offer a unique and fresh perspective on many of the issues that have challenged the district for years. I believe in thinking outside the box and revealing solutions that will meet the needs of the people.
Courage comes in many forms. In the case of public officials, I admire those who put themselves in front of their community for very little money and even less gratitude. It takes courage to make the tough decisions for which you know people will criticize you, because doing the right thing is not always popular.
It’s simple: be kind and respectful to others. We live in an amazing country where we can disagree and quarrel freely, but in order to maintain the character and credibility of our nation, we need to refrain from degrading and undermining others. Be kind. Period.
I have been blessed with so many opportunities to become involved in important causes at all levels, from local boards and commissions to international organizations. This level of volunteerism has taught me that we all have something unique to contribute and the rewards are tremendous.