Who am I?
Today I am a candidate for the Democratic Nomination for Congress for Kentucky’s 6th District, the President and Executive Director of a non-profit I co-founded, The Race For Education and most importantly mom to a 9 year old son.
I was raised to be independent and committed. A broad range of experiences have brought me to where I am today. Working my way up the corporate ladder in Fortune 500 companies and managing hundreds of millions of dollars of manufacturing has given me experience to manage fiscal responsibility and confidence to become a successful leader.
My early career gave me the opportunity to travel to more than 50 countries, which made me truly appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities we have in this country and how much we often take for granted.
Starting my own small business has taught me how to be even more self-reliant and resourceful.
Working in the non-profit sector for the last 11 years has given me the opportunity to engage in the community and become involved issues that are important to me; education, children’s health and welfare and the poverty and hunger that exist in our own backyard.
Being the mother of a child with a unique assortment of medical challenges and unknown prognosis has inspired me to make the most out of every day and to be a voice for Kentucky families facing challenges and adversity.
Why am I running?
I care about the world my son is going to grow up in. I want him to be accepted for who he is and the abilities he has. I want my son, and everyone's children and grandchildren, to have valuable education and meaningful employment, to be able to buy their own homes, pay off the student loans, start their own families and plan for their futures.
I don't want my son growing up in a world where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and there is nothing left in the middle.
My focus upon being elected will be creating living wage jobs, investing in public education, and investing in workforce development. It is vital that everyone in our communities have access to affordable and valuable education - education that both prepares them for college, or for a trade. We need to train our workers for the jobs that are out there, and be sure to be creating jobs that can support families, and provide access to the American Dream.
My DFA Values
Community, and taking care of one another, is at the heart of why I am running. I believe that we need to work together to provide everyone an education, and access and training for jobs upon which they can build a living. It is at the heart of why I am running. Our security is vital to this, and it starts with economic security - building a sustainable economy that provides all of us security now and into the future. This feeds our foreign policy - reaching out to work cooperatively with other countries and seeking diplomatic solutions first. I also deeply believe that everyone has the right to live free of discrimination of any kind. That is the kind of world I want my son to grow up in.
My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is centered on and grounded in the grassroots. We will win because we will have Kentucky's workers behind me, and Kentucky women behind me. It is why I am proud to be endorsed by labor unions (Teamsters, UFCW, AFGE) and women's groups (Emily's List, Womens Campaign Fund). I have built a network of county and constituency group chairs representing every county in the district, who will be the heart of my grassroots outreach. Since declaring my candidacy in June, I have visited nearly all of the 19 counties in the district, and received support from grassroots folks in each one.