Serving the people of Orange County is a dream I’ve had since childhood.
I grew up here and attended public schools here. I benefitted from a pre-K program staffed with county employees. This program allowed me to overcome a speech impediment and enter kindergarten on par with my peers.
I am fortunate to have grown up in a community that cares about all children. However, I know from experience that that is not the case for many in the community.
I am running for county commissioner because I care about the people of our community. We need robust support for public education, particularly with the policies coming out of Raleigh. We must maintain the condition of school buildings, raise teacher pay, and protect classroom instruction.
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I also support smart economic growth that is in line with Orange County’s character. We must work tirelessly to bring well-paying jobs to Orange County in clean industries that treat their employees well. We cannot leave our local and small businesses behind. They are the bedrock of our communities and need our support as well.
Orange County must become more affordable for folks in order to be a diverse community that anyone can call home. We must focus on recruiting good jobs to Orange County not just for those with advanced and professional degrees, but also those with high school diplomas and bachelor degrees. We must invest in affordable housing because so many find it impossible to find decent housing within their budget. We must work with developers and other partners to make this a reality.
I have served on boards and commissions here for several years, including the Orange County Board of Adjustment and the Orange County Human Relations Commission, working to solve issues for our community with proactive leadership and making government more responsive to our community’s needs. I have worked with local and state nonprofits on issues relating to discrimination, education opportunity, and juvenile justice. In order to have solid public policy, you must have people who are willing to champion good policy. For five years I have chaired the Orange County Democratic Party, where I worked to elect good Democrats to public office. I am running for office on my experience in the community and delivering for the people of Orange County.
I am excited about the future of Orange County. I pledge to listen to all points of view, and evaluate our community’s needs. Those skills make me an asset when making sure our residents and their concerns are listened to and addressed.
I received a world class education beginning with Central Elementary School in Hillsborough and ending with a degree from UNC Chapel Hill. I never had to leave Orange County to achieve my dreams. My story would be impossible without Orange County programs and some very kind and helpful employees who helped me to use my voice. I want to use my voice to speak for others.
Leadership is not about knowing how to fix every issue single-handedly. It’s about collaboration and listening. Those are leadership qualities I will bring to the table. This sets me apart in this race because I have a track record of working with people from across the county, with opposing viewpoints, and finding consensus in order to solve problems.
I ask for you vote in the upcoming Democratic primary for Orange County commissioner at-large so I can be a voice for all residents of Orange County.