I believe the United States of America is a land of laws, justice, freedom, equality, opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. While not perfect we should always be working to make our society a more perfect nation.
I was born into a hard working farm family that had worked the land in Henry and Shelby counties for generations. My father worked full time at the Indiana Ammunition plant and as a farmer. My mother worked at the local bank in Pleasureville. My grandfather, grandmother, and uncle worked at GE and were proud members of the Union. He was raised with an appreciation for hard work, community, and a sense and pride that anyone can make it in America
I was at Henry County High School during the era of the desegregation of Louisville's public schools. As a student, Band Field Commander, FBLA Chapter President, I worked with my classmates to create an environment of learning and pride for the school.
Through my family, my work on the farm, and my friendships at Henry County High School, I was drawn to studying government at University of Kentucky and later law at University of Louisville School of Law School. Public Service and government seemed to be the best way to expand justice from the personal-level I had learned at Henry County High.
I also found a love for politics and organizing. Through volunteering – campus affairs at U of K, a statewide campaign to elect Kentucky's first woman Governor Martha Layne Collins, and Young Democrats, I saw first hand the power of ordinary people to run and win political office that they could make a difference in the lives of their constituents. They saw government as a source of good and that as "we the people" can run a government of and for the people.
After law school, I went on and found employment in the Healthcare industry working for Healthcare insurance and provider organizations. One highlight was creating 1-800 Medicare mandated from the balanced budget act of 1998. Our national team worked hard to create a customer service department that handled millions of senior calls every year.
Recently I have been disturbed by a sense that our elected politicians especially Thomas Massie are not working for the people of the 4th. They are working more for themselves and their billionaire friends trying to reshape America into a nation of divided groups so they can take from the hard working Americans their pensions, wages, National Treasures, Medicare, Social Security and ultimately our faith in this great nation.
It is time that good people stand up and say No more division. We will unite as a nation to embrace our Diversity, embrace our National Parks, embrace our clean water and air. We can and will take care those in need. We will make America Great again by investing in our children's public schools, Teachers, and Universities. Our Seniors should be allowed to retire with honor and respect and not be forced to work in their final years.
We have serious issues facing our nation today and we need serious people elected to office to tackle those issues. My background has brought me to this point that I can no longer sit on the sidelines of life. I have a calling to jump into elected office and serve this great nation so it remains a beacon of light for the world and its citizens.
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