1. What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
I am a 32 year veteran holding an elected office. I have served as a Metro Council Member, Metro Planning Commissioner and State Representative. I have been through 32 budgets and know people in politics, how they work and their motives A lot of politics is knowing why people do what they do. I will have no learning cure when I take office. I always try to do what is best for my constituents and what is fair and right. I want to be someone my children and grandchildren can look up to. I have been a champion for women, children, working people and seniors. I have received legislative awards from Vanderbilt Law School, Children and Family Services, Metro Firefighters, State Firefighters, HOPE (A group of former foster children), the Tennessee Department of Children's Service, AFL-CIO, Davidson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Namesake award), Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic Violence, just to name a few. I get along with and can work with both political sides.
2. If elected, what will be your three highest priorities?
I believe in a strong educational system (MNEA has endorsed me) and would like to see education fully funded, & employees appropriately paid. That is also a problem at the state level!
I believe that our infrastructure and environment are suffering and we need to upgrade quickly to prevent further damage. Our current system is not going to support 100 new people coming to Nashville each day. We are currently dumping raw sewerage into our river.
I believe that almost all Nashvillians and tourists are at risk due to gun violence and the amount of crime in our community. Although the republicans in the General Assembly have the ability to overturn any law Metro passes, (and they have) we must take some actions to curb this violence, help children being drawn into this violence with guns and work with the juvenile court and police (who endorse me) to address this.