I have been on the WCDP Executive Committee for over a year and was looking for a place to be more engaged with the process. Having a leadership role will give me a wider view of the party so I can help others find the places they could best fit as well.
While always following politics, I did not become actively involved until 2016. Prior to this I was already active in my community and social justice issues. I have been on the board of Neighborhood Reconciliation Services in Johnson City since 2011 where I help advocate for and provide restorative justice solutions for the courts, businesses, social organizations, and people in need of assistance with transforming conflict. I am also active in the United Methodist church where my passion is teaching others that social justice issues including poverty, climate change, LGBTQ inclusion and affirmation, and criminal justice reform are not just political issues but Christian issues.
As a social justice believer and criminal justice professor, I do not take justice issues lightly. I firmly believe what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Over the next two years I hope to take my passion for social justice issues and make some progress in turning Washington County blue to create real, lasting change in society.
I love living in Washington County – from the beautiful land to the wonderful people to the values we all share – this is the place I have chosen to be my home and where I want to raise my sons. I look forward to working with you over the next two years.