Growing up in a small, rural farming community in Pennsylvania, my parents stressed the value of hard work, family and faith, which have remained the foundational elements of my adult life. My dad was a pastor, while my mom’s focus was raising my three siblings and me. Money was tight and my parents instilled in me that the path to a bright future was through education.
I attended Bethany College in West Virginia where I received my bachelor’s degree in physical education, with a minor in education.
My family and I made McKinney our home in 1991. While raising my three children, I spent years advocating for our school district, leading PTA efforts on several MISD campuses.
In 2005, I combined my love of education, politics and my community and founded a hyper-local news website, McKinney News, which later became TownSquareBuzz. I sought to bring together the community to share information about current affairs in a non-partisan way. My purpose was to highlight the stories and accomplishments of McKinney residents, demonstrating that there is more that unites us than divides us.
In 2015, I retired from my business and I used the opportunity to give back to the community. I have served on numerous boards such as the McKinney Chamber of Commerce, Main Street McKinney, and as President of Women’s Alliance of McKinney and the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the past 4 years, I also served as president of Community Lifeline Center’s (CLC) Board of Directors. CLC is a nonprofit service agency, which has been serving families in crisis for 30 years, is located in McKinney.
Now, I hope to bring my background, dedication to my community, and leadership experience to front and center to show McKinney and the surrounding communities that it’s time to focus on new possibilities for:
- visionary leadership, without which the people will ultimately bear the heaviest burden in the future.
- A commitment to civility, decency, collaboration and community, citizens and consensus.
We have a choice! We don’t have to buy into politicians who only seek to divide us. Together, we can accomplish more than any person individually.
I’m running to help bridge the divide that we’re currently experiencing. Even though we may not agree on everything, I’m okay with that. As your Representative, I am here to listen to you, the people because every voice matters.
I think it’s time we send a message to Austin to let them know we aren’t being heard. Won’t you join me? It’s time to get to work for the people of the great state of Texas!
Bado for Texas District 70