I grew up in the rural Missouri Ozarks as the daughter of a small business owner and a teachers' aide who later became a nurse. My family taught me to be honest, hard working, to always do what's right, and to help my neighbors in need. I know what it's like to struggle. When my dad had a heart attack and couldn't work, we almost lost everything.
When my husband and I moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, we realized we'd found our home and place we want to raise a family. I work as a senior community health analyst for Lane County, but it took my husband years to get a full time job. We are like most, we have to work hard to make a living and pay bills. The people here in eastern and southern Lane and northern Douglas counties have a lot to offer our communities, and we're hurting. We need good paying jobs, a quality education for our children, and access to quality, affordable health and mental health care.
I'm passionate about caring for our people, and I will stand up to advocate for our needs. Together, we can build prosperous, wholesome, healthy communities!
Standing Up for Workers
When my fellow AFSCME members experienced inequity in pay and benefits, I stood in solidarity with my sisters and brothers on strike until a fair contract could be negotiated.
Fair wages and benefits are good for our economy. Public servants should not have to only make minimum wage, qualify for the very services they provide for low-income populations in the community, or face eviction or financial hardship because of low wages. If leaders receive raises, workers throughout the organization should receive comparable raises. Women should receive equal pay for equal work and equal pay for work of equal value.
Photos to the far left and right are courtesy of Oregon AFSCME
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