Scholar. Advocate. Adopted Hoosier. Political Malcontent.
Candidate for Mayor of Charlestown 2019.
I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life, but when I moved to Charlestown I knew I was home. From impromptu reunions in the produce section of the Jay C store to crisp fall evenings on the porch, there’s never a shortage of opportunities to connect with friends. The warmth of our community rivals any city I know. Sadly, in the time I’ve been here I’ve watched as our leadership has actively worked to turn us against one another. In the place of healthy civic engagement, we’ve struggled under the weight of administrative bullying. For over a decade now I’ve taught young adults in my college courses that they are the real agents of change in their communities. I’ve always had a strong sense of justice and compassion for others. Combined with my unwavering work ethic, I’ve never been timid about taking on the hardest of tasks. In the past, I’ve served my communities in quiet humility, seeking to avoid any notions of grandstanding. My focus has always been on inspiring others, especially young people, to step into leadership. What I have not done in the past is step onto the political stage myself. I’ve never imagined myself as a politician. I still don’t. I simply cannot ignore the problems facing Charlestown today and it has become necessary for me to come off of the sideline and be the agent of change I’ve always taught others to be. I’m running for Mayor because I believe we can do better. I bring with me unwavering honesty, empathy, and respect for all of Charlestown. I think we can welcome development without destroying our relationships. I think we can take a stand against political greed and restore accountability and respect to City Hall. I want to keep Charlestown First in order to move us Forward.
The most exciting time of year for me has always been the beginning of the school season. Notebooks, pens, books, and school supplies get my heart pumping and, whether I’m learning how to install a new toilet or reading the latest cultural critique, I love to challenge myself. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama where I also completed graduate level coursework in Higher Education Administration. I completed my PhD in Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville in July 2019. I’ve had the opportunity to teach at several institutions of higher education including the University of Alabama, Jefferson State Community College, Indiana University Southeast, the University of Louisville, and Ivy Tech Community College. I believe that learning should never stop. My educational and career background have given me the skills I need to manage the day-to-day executive functions of the office of Mayor. I know how to research, plan, and implement strategies that can move us forward while celebrating the uniqueness that makes up the Charlestown Way.
Southern Indiana is one of the most beautiful places in the nation. Fertile farms, quiet forests, rolling hills, and rushing streams, we have everything an outdoor adventurer could want. When I need to recharge I hit the trails at Charlestown State Park or rest in the green spaces available in town.
We are fortunate to have a landscape that lends itself to recreation and family fun. I love how our little town fits right on the edge of nature and progress and I hope to build on our natural resources to create spaces for people to make time for play.
We have more in common than you think. Just like many of you I’ve endured the ups and downs of life. I have enjoyed the pleasure of a middle-class lifestyle but felt the sting of job loss and poverty. I enjoy the rich warmth of a loving marriage, but I know the cold reality of divorce. I have been near the top at times, and struggled to stay afloat at others. I know what it’s like to sacrifice self in order to do what is best for those you love. Unlike career politicians who embrace the art of self-promotion, I think good leaders should look for and encourage opportunities that benefit the people they serve. That’s why I’m running for Mayor. We’re in this community together and the rich experiences I’ve had ensure that I can be a Mayor for ALL of Charlestown.