Why did you choose Emerge?
I noticed the women getting things done in South Carolina were Emerge alums. I wanted to learn from and work with this incredible group of women working to move our state forward.
What office are you running for and why?
Representative for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District. I’m running to get things accomplished for our community. I’m tired of having a representative that treats the position like a political crown rather than the job that it is. We need to expand broadband access in our rural communities, make healthcare and prescription drugs more affordable, and make measurable differences for hard working people in our district.
What is your vision for your community?
My vision for my community is one where opportunity is accessible and equal, no matter where in the district you’re from. I want our rural areas to have the same access to business funding, learning, and healthcare as our more urban areas. I want to make sure that your zip code does not determine your health outcome, or hold you back from advancing in school because you don’t have the internet at home.
What/Who inspires you to run for office?
The people I grew up with, my high school classmates, my mom and my dad–people working hard every day to make ends meet for their families, and who often don’t get to see themselves represented in Congress.
Which Democratic woman inspires you and why?
Abby Finkenauer. She doesn’t get the same national press and twitter fandom as some others, but she puts her head down and gets to work for the people she represents every day.
What’s the one thing you gained from Emerge and would like to share with others?
Emerge is an incredible network and training mechanism for women. It provides meaningful infrastructure and support that will help women gain the confidence and knowledge to run for office at every level. Emerge is putting women in the position to succeed and to have impact on their communities. It feels like a sisterhood, and I’m excited that I get to be a part of it moving forward.
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