Committee to Elect Worth for House

Who am I?

I was born on October 5, 1978, in Manchester, Connecticut, where I would spent the first 10 years of my life (7 years living with my bio mother, and 3 years in a foster care and group home setting). Those first ten years were ones of struggle. My mother was a single parent in her early 20's, my father was incarcerated when I was six months old. After becoming a ward of the State at the age of seven, my life for the next four years will be one of significant transitions and no real
family, as I became a child of the foster care system.

My life took an unexpected turn for the better. At age 11 I was adopted by a single father in Marlinton, West Virginia. The principles that I stand for and the success I experience in life, all originated from this experience; for my new family and community supported me with the utmost love and compassion for who I was and invested in my full human potential. This had a profound impact on my future and was something that I wanted to share with the rest of West Virginia. Today I share this through my profession as a Social Worker, and through projects that invest in the full potential of our people and communities of West Virginia.

Why am I running?

SIMPLE...I want to end Poverty! In reality, I know poverty will always exist; however, it breaks my heart to see a State that I call home and love so much rank in the top five as States with the highest rates of obesity, tobacco use, diabetes and near the bottom when it comes to business friendliness, technology and innovation, and educated workforce. In my practice as a social worker, I see poverty everyday and the affect is has on individuals who I serve and communities that I participate in. I also see how poverty has an impact on our State's financial health, when it comes to raising the necessary revenues to rebuild our infrastructure and provide enhanced educational and economic opportunities to people in West Virginia. Increases in substance abuse, depression/anxiety, health problems, crime, etc...all social issues that stem from the economic issue of poverty! The basis of my whole candidacy is to focus on strategies to address these social and economic issues through focusing on address the source of these problems...POVERTY!!

My Goals

When elected, I will work on three fundamental goals:
1) Education - I will support further expansion and enhancement of Early Childhood Education Programs, especially when it come to access. I will also support investment in resources that provide educators the tools necessary in preparing our youth for the 21st Century work place. I believe it's essential that our children receive an education that will result in outcomes that are tangible to their success in the future. Finally, I will support investment in Research and Development initiatives at our higher education institutions (i.e. University and Community and Technical Colleges) which attract new industries to utilize our educated workforce here at home.

2) Economic Development/Diversity - I will support strengthening our existing industries; however, I will devote much of my time when elected working on policies that provide incentives for a broader and more diverse range of industries to come into West Virginia (from renewable energy, to small manufacturing and research and development).

3) Quality of Life - Believing that "Economic Security" is an important factor to an individual or family's "Quality of Life," when elected I will get behind legislation that expands revenue growth through job creation. This is paramount to not only the growth and survival of programs that provide essential services and opportunities that are tangible to our State's future, but also to sustaining a quality of life for our people.

My DFA Values

My campaign embodies the principle that everyone has the opportunity to influence the public policies that affect their lives and the growth and sustainability of their community. My campaign is ran on fundamentally grassroots principles. Over 80% of my outreach is door to door (Canvassing)! I believe that the face to face interactions with my potential constituency is a true investment of what issues are important to the district you are representing. I believe this type of campaigning exemplifies and fosters true leadership! It promotes civic engagement and active participation in the democrat process!

My Campaign is People Powered!

Being a campaign that is 80% grassroots and values door to door outreach with its potential constituency; I have noticed an increase in my campaign's volunteer base. I believe having a campaign which invests in one's full human potential (whether it's a voter or a volunteer), empowers one's contribution to the democrat process. Though my platform was solely founded on principles that I felt would move West Virginia forward both socially and economically, I value autonomy when it comes my volunteers conveying my platforms message to potential constituents.

As Treasurer and Event Planner for North Central West Virginia Democracy for America, I host an array of Public Forums that educate and engage the region on social, political, and economic issues that affect West Virginia. My campaign follows the same fundamental principles as these public forums of "focusing on the issues" and "engaging the public to influence the policies that affect their lives." From there, my campaign over time becomes contagious.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Julia Mckeen, WV
  • Jerry Mckeen, WV
  • Tod Lewark, WV
  • Geraldine Newlon, WV
  • Franco Caliz, FL
  • Harley West
  • Denise Binion, WV
  • Sue Thorn, WV
  • Diane Parker, WV
  • Sally Egan, WV
...and 4 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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