The responses to these questions were edited for length and clarity by the Georgia Decides team. Each candidate was allotted 150 words for each answer and some answers were trimmed in order to abide by that length requirement. Other edits were made to make sure readers can fully follow and understand the candidate responses.
Campaigning for: Cobb County Board of Education District 2
How does your background equip you for the job you are seeking?
I know Post 2 as both a teacher and a mom. I am passionate about public education and want to be a part of making our schools places where students can thrive.
What role should government have in the lives of Georgians? How would you apply that philosophy to the job you are seeking?
The Georgia constitution entitles children to a public education. I believe that education should allow children to grow in creativity, compassion, and keep them academically competitive with their peers nation-wide.
If you are elected (or re-elected), what problems will you spend the most time solving and why?
Our biggest challenge is addressing the three COVID-interrupted school years our students have had to deal with. This unfinished learning will continue to impact education for years to come and we need to have a plan for remediation.
Georgia is a politically diverse state. How will you work to represent Georgians whose political views differ from your own?
I’m grateful for the involvement of community organizations and leaders in my campaign and plan to continue learning from the diverse group of people already doing the work in Post 2. I will make myself available to the community through office hours and school visits.
Who has been the biggest influence on how you view government and politics? What have you learned from this person?
I have always admired Jimmy Carter’s life of service-oriented leadership. At its core, politics should be about making the world a better place and I believe he has done that!
Politics is often about compromise. How do you decide when to compromise and take small, incremental wins, and when to refuse compromise?
I will not compromise in a way that would result in our students’ safety or education being put at risk. I hope to learn and exchange ideas with my colleagues as we all work together for the good of our community.
There were politicians who questioned the outcomes of Georgia elections in 2018 and 2020. Do you think Georgia’s elections are secure and will you stand by the results?
Georgia’s elections are secure and I will stand by the results.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, state law and local enforcement authority will determine access to abortion. If elected, how will you use your authority to influence abortion access or enforcement of abortion restrictions?
The school board does not have the authority to influence access or enforcement, but we do have a responsibility to educate our students on reproductive health. As we start to feel the effects of taking that choice away from women, schools will feel the impact in a number of ways. I hope that the state and federal governments will be ready to fund in-school daycares, comprehensive sex ed, and access to prenatal care for their pregnant students.