I have been a fighter my whole life. Growing up during segregation in the Jim Crow era South Carolina, I know how hate and fear shape a community. I have also seen how courage and a loving spirit can overcome adversity and create lasting change.
Since the election last year, we have seen that hate and fear growing once again across our nation. Over the course of my own campaign, we have seen bullies, emboldened by the administration, spew hate and vitriol right here in our own communities. From the noose found at the African American History Museum, to the racist and hateful flyers posted in Del Ray, and the white nationalists in Charlottesville who rallied around the Confederate statue. Since I have been on this campaign we have seen the Jewish Community Center vandalized, and our Muslim brothers and sisters have been under attack.
The bullies feel empowered, they feel bold. We have to be bolder.
A social worker has many roles within the community, but primary among them is to build bridges and lift up every individual. Bringing people from a place of being despair driven to a place of hope – that is what I did for 30 years in Northern Virginia. Now is the time for bold, strong leadership for all of Virginia.
Richmond is broken and it is clear that the Republican majority in the House of Delegates is not listening to the people of Virginia. People say all politics is local, and I firmly believe that all policy should start at the local level, in the trenches and the grassroots. That is where I have been all my life, with the people who are fighting to make their neighborhood, community, state and nation a better place.
My campaign is grassroots, community based, and focused on raising the voices of all Virginians so that every individual has a place down in Richmond. I hope that you will stand with me and fight for all of our rights by supporting my campaign for House of Delegates on June 13th.