As the daughter of an enlisted sailor and mother who sacrificed and worked hard to raise 5 children, I know what it took to build a better life and live the American dream. My parents are my heroes.
I grew up in Southern Maryland where I learned the value of the dollar and hard work living my father’s dream of turning a piece of property into our family home. As a family we cleared the land and lived in the basement while we built the home that my parents still live in today from the ground up. I feel a sense of pride every time I visit my parents and remember all the fun, work, and adventures we had working together on my father’s dream.
My husband of 40 years and I met while I earned my B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland. We moved to Morgantown, West Virginia in 1982. In 1987 we moved to Clarksburg where my husband began his medical practice as a self employed orthopedic surgeon. Together we raised our four children in the heart of Harrison County. I spent the last 27 years volunteering in my children’s schools, managing the business side of my husband’s practice as well as working in his office as needed. In the early 2000’s, West Virginia experienced a Medical Liability Crisis. Doctors were leaving West Virginia because they could not get or afford Medical Liability Insurance. We did not want to leave our home so we worked to help pass the 2003 medical liability reforms that allowed doctors to stay in West Virginia. Today, West Virginia has a vibrant medical community in part because of those reforms.
Because I was responsible for managing the business side of my husband’s practice, I had to learn about government, laws, regulations, retirement benefits for our staff, and taxes. The liability crisis and high taxes on my husband’s business made doing business in West Virginia difficult and expensive. Our government needed to be fixed. I realized, I needed to learn more about the how our government worked or should work to understand how to fix it. As the mother of four, I spent a lot of time in the car and doing laundry so to learn more about government, I turned my car into a rolling classroom and my laundry room into a lecture hall to listen to books on tape about economics, history and how the courts impact our lives.
Due to government regulations and requirements it is no longer practical for a single physician to be self employed. My husband is now employed by United Hospital Center. I want to put my lessons from the school of hard knocks and my self-studies on government, economics and history to work for the people of West Virginia as a member of the House of Delegates. I have spent a lot of time studying our great country and what I believe makes America an exceptional place. Our God given individual rights protected by our Constitution and enforced by the rule of law gives all of us the ability to create a better life for ourselves and our family. The benefit of individuals working in their own best interest using their skills, labor and property to create wealth for themselves benefits our society by the taxes that they pay to the government to provide for enforcement of rule of law, roads, infrastructure, and care for those who need help. I will base my decisions as a legislator on defending our God given individual rights, ensuring that the people are in charge, and that government serves the people allowing them to be all that they can be.
I am running for the House of Delegates because the people of West Virginia deserve good jobs and a brighter future.
Government policies matter in your life.
Big centralized government kills entrepreneurship and jobs, limits your freedom, and causes unhappy, dependent people.
Less Government and more personal freedom where everyone is treated equally, allow people to earn a living and live happy meaningful lives.
My vision for WV Government:
For Good Jobs:
- A tax system that rewards work
- A legal system that is fair and consistent
- Regulations that are reasonable
For Happy Lives:
- Protect your right to life and to practice your religion
- Protecting your right to your guns and your property
- Ensuring that power remains in the hands of the people
- Ensuring equal treatment of all citizens
I believe we need to continue West Virgina’s Comeback Story…
- In 2017, the number of new business registrations in West Virginia grew nearly 11 percent (8,318 new businesses registered for the year). This comes off the heels of a 12 percent increase in new business registrations during 2016.
- In 2008 there were 60,086 total businesses registered in the state database compared with 76,548 in 2017, an increase of 27 percent statewide.
- Over the course of the first seven months of 2018, West Virginia has had 7,615 new businesses register for the year. This is already 91.5% of the 8,318 new businesses registered last year, with five months left to go in 2018.
- As of August 2018, counties experiencing the most growth over the past twelve months, include Summers County with 17.73 percent growth, Wirt County with 14.77 percent growth, Jackson County with 13.88 percent growth, Berkeley County with 12.94 percent growth and Braxton County with 12.93 percent growth.
- In April 2018, 54 of the state’s 55 counties reported business registration growth.
- From January 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018, West Virginia has experienced over 380 new businesses form in the manufacturing (228), coal mining (33), oil & gas (111), and tourism (12) industries.
- The latest public data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that West Virginia had the highest positive change in their unemployment rate in the U.S., year over year (YoY), from March 2016 to March 2017, reducing by 1.4 percentage points.
…and the only way we can do this is with principled, conservative leadership in Charleston.
Primary Election Endorsements
- National Rifle Association
- West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
- West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League – A Rating
- West Virginians for Life
General Election Endorsements
- Coal Association
- Family Policy Council
- Harrison Chamber PAC
- West Virginia Bankers Association PAC
- West Virginia Business and Industry Council
- West Virginia Chamber of Commerce – The Chamber PAC
- WV Citizens Defense League
- WV Hospital PAC
- West Virginians for Life
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