The Virginia Way
Although I consider myself a Virginian, I was born in Baltimore and grew up in Carroll County, Maryland, aside from a year I spent living in Mexico. While I began my college career at what was then Towson State University, I transferred to Brigham Young University, where I earned my BS in Social Work, graduating magna cum laude in 1995. I met and married my husband, Bill, while at BYU. I feel blessed to be a grandmother of one granddaughter, Adaline, and mother of three daughters: Stephanie, Sydney and Savannah.
After graduation, I helped my husband complete law school, raised three daughters, and served in our church and local community, all while working as an entrepreneur. I am passionate about protecting small businesses by reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses because I personally understand the negative consequences of government over-regulation. I have created and operated multiple small businesses, and currently own and operate a wedding & event planning business in Leesburg, where my family and I have called home for the past 16 years.
Public service has been a big part of my life for the past several years. Both Bill and I have been actively involved in politics and local issues since 2011, when Bill ran for and won a seat on the Loudoun County School Board. Three years later, I was elected to the Leesburg Town Council, where I have served for the past four years. In a bipartisan vote, my fellow Leesburg Town Council members selected me to serve as Vice Mayor during my first term as Leesburg Town Councilwoman. Last November, I won a second term to the Council where I continue fighting for lower taxes, reducing the regulatory burden on Leesburg small businesses, and securing funding for key transportation projects.
“The Virginia Way” is a phrase commonly used as a reminder of the best way to serve the Commonwealth as an elected official: with mutual respect, civility, and honesty. I am running for the Virginia State Senate because I believe in speaking out against the petty partisanship, injustice, and extremism that contradict The Virginia Way of legislating for the Commonwealth’s citizens. Principles, not partisanship!