I have lived in Lubbock for 10 years now, and have an amazing family that has been supportive in my ambitions. I have seen politics become less and less about the people that vote for their representatives, and more about partisan agendas. It has become more about what the politicians can get out of their position, than what they can do for their constituents. The time has come to put an end to that. I promise to be a voice for the people. Not a select few people, but EVERYONE. I am willing to listen, and do what is in my power to represent what you want. I want to empower the people and make democracy work for the people like it is meant to do. We need to increase not only registered voters, but voter turnout. We cannot allow people to not vote because they feel like they do not matter. I hope to give people the satisfaction that they can be a part of what happens, not just have to accept what their elected officials tell them to do.
Growing up on a farm in rural Nebraska, I understand the struggles that rural communities can go through and how their representation is meaningful in order to keep these communities afloat. My father was a veteran of the Air Force, a farmer, and a large equipment road maintenance worker for the county we lived in. From this I have first hand knowledge of the difficulties in keeping roads properly maintained and making sure that they are upgraded and improves as the needs of the community change. My mother was a homemaker, a teacher’s aide, and later, a secretary for a local irrigation company. I was raised with a strong work ethic and the support to go out and make the best life for myself that I could. I grew up seeing how rural farming communities take pride in their communities, how people pull together in times of need and are supportive of each other as they know that what happens to one family could also happen to them.
I was a three sport athlete in high school (track, basketball, and football), and learned a lot about teamwork, leadership, and respect. This is also where I had my first thoughts of entering into politics. Through an essay that I wrote, I was selected by the American Legion to attend Cornhusker Boys’ State, which was a week long event held at the University of Nebraska for kids all across the state to learn about State Government. We were challenged to run a campaign just like we were running for a state office; I chose to run for Secretary of State. The next thing I knew, I was giving impromptu speeches and answering questions about various topics in front of hundreds of my peers. After the campaigns were complete, and the votes were cast, I was voted in as Secretary of State for the camp. I got to meet the real Secretary of State and he gave me an award from his office for winning the election.
After high school, I went to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, earning my Bachelors degree, majoring in Sociology with minors in English and Political Science. I went into the workforce doing various jobs for about 10 years, before I had the opportunity to attend St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. There I earned a Masters degree in Criminal Justice. Moving back to Nebraska, I worked in a county jail for a time, as well as working with juveniles and adult probation. I applied to graduate schools in order to earn my PhD, and was accepted at Sam Houston State University. This is when I had my first experience in Texas.
I have been working to complete my PhD in Criminal Justice, at the same time I have been a college instructor. I want to employ my skills as an educator to make sure that people are educated on what is happening, so they can be a more informed part of the process.