How well do you know your elected representatives? If you're like most Americans, probably not very well.
Sure, you've scoured the Internet and newspapers for every piece of information you can find on a person, but you still know relatively little about them (or how they represent your interests).
I believe that you shouldn't just know who your Mayor is, you should know your mayor. What kind of person are they? How do they like to spend their time? What are they most passionate about?
In that spirit, I will be periodically adding information about myself here, and I will be engaging with people in public places and on social media. I hope that this will help you to better understand who I am as a person and how I intend to represent you and this community as Mayor of Maury County.
Local government should be about people; not party politics. Our community leaders should be focused on doing what's best for the people they represent and should not be beholden a national party or any other organization.
I believe local elections should remain non-partisan, because if we let them become just another battleground in the war between Democrats and Republicans, then we will end up with a local government that cares more about helping special interests groups and corporate mega-donors than it cares about the community it's meant to serve.
Of course there are many reasons why I am running for mayor, and I invite you to check out my platform page where I discuss them in much more depth.
I have never had any political aspirations. I am not a member of a political party. I am merely a local resident and capable leader who has decided to get involved and, God willing, make things better for my neighbors and loved ones.
Although I do have a formal education in Business Management and Organizational Leadership, most of what I know about business and leadership comes from lessons learned on the job - and from the many wonderful mentors and coaches I have been blessed with over the years.
I began working at Chick-fil-A when I was 15 years old. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the military and served for two years under the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. My military experience, though brief, taught me a great deal about teamwork, professionalism, and the value of self-discipline.
After leaving the military, I moved to Columbia and began working as a junior manager for the Chick-fil-A in Cool Springs while finishing my college degree. Most people don't know this, but the Chick-fil-A organization is pretty big on training and developing their team members into future leaders. Not only did I learn how to be an efficient manager there, I learned how to be an effective leader.
When Chick-fil-A built a restaurant here in Columbia, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the new business venture. As Marketing Director, and later as Director of Operations, I helped lead Chick-fil-A Columbia to success, winning multiple awards for sales growth while maintaining impeccably high standards for quality and customer satisfaction.
I have worked elsewhere, and I believe that diversity of experience is important for leadership development, but those 13 years I spent working for Chick-fil-A were perhaps the most informative professionally and the most rewarding personally. Since leaving Chick-fil-A, I have managed operations and logistics for a large events company in Nashville.
I am very proud of my children; and like most parents, I am working hard to ensure that they have a bright future.
My oldest, Abigail, is almost seven. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up - or an astronaut, teacher, artist, tour guide at the aquarium … she’s definitely keeping her options open.
My son James just turned two. He is a sweetheart who likes to get into trouble. He also loves running, climbing, and roughhousing. His favorite thing in the whole world has to be his big sister (but Spider-Man is probably a close second).
My husband, Christopher, is a brilliant engineer and technician. He was born and raised in rural Arizona. He served for six years with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment out of Fort Campbell, KY, and he has subsequently worked in the aviation and defense industries.
Chris has a formal education in general chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, and he loves to teach people (especially children) about science and technology.
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