As you have read, the Spokesman Review article was delivered to our doors on Thursday and described me as saying I was a military-brat. Yes, and proud of it! Being a military brat is a term of endearment shared in the culture of a military member’s family lifestyle as representing a child with a full-time military parent. So, at a very young age, I was one of five military-brats running around the family’s backyard. I enjoyed every moment of my childhood, young adulthood, and now I am enjoying my senior-hood experiences.
But before my military service and my commitment to serve my country, I was a college student, having graduated from High School to attend the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas—in the pursuit of a Liberal Arts degree, before getting married and raising my own family. I looked forward to someday returning to school and pursuing a military career to continue the legacy of my father and my grandfather before him.
I am now a proud decorated veteran, having served my country for seven and a half years in the United States Air Force before being injured, saving the life of one of my young recruits for which I was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Medal for Heroism.
After leaving the Armed Services, I moved to Sacramento, California, where I completed my education as an honor graduate on the Dean’s List from Sacramento City College, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science. I later received the Magna Cum Laude designation with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology—focusing on multicultural psychology, from the University of California, Sacramento (CSUS).
My civilian employment and service began after I had completed my studies at CSUS. I was then able to focus my career on the various areas of state government while working under the Office of the Secretary of State.
I had the distinct honor to be a part of the redesign and development team for both the motor voter and voter affidavit applications—being used in the state today. I accepted a promotion and relocated to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Governmental Relations Division and subsequently retired from the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Education Division, in 2015.
As for my community involvement, I am the first and only westerner who has ever facilitate a public forum on a Native American reservation—Morongo Band of Mission Indians. And I continue to be a member of the National Issues Forum on Public and Governmental Relationship building, a non-partisan organization promoting deliberative discussions. I was honored to have been appointed to the Governor’s Joint Committee on Preparing California for the 21st Century, as an Advisory Member to the State Legislature, while also serving as Commissioner on the Sacramento Human Rights and Fair Housing Commission, the Superior Court of California – Child Justice Committee, and the League of Women Voters, Voter Service Director—an official non-partisan organization, among other associations.
I am grateful to have been able to contribute to the efforts of Elk Grove, California. Assisting in the collection of $52 million in state revenue used the first seven years after incorporation in 2000. A reward in and of itself. I am committed and will continue to utilize my passion for activism and advocacy to uplift Liberty Lake in much the same way by ensuring the general public that I will continue to shepherd in resolutions and ordinances that will be a bridge to maintaining our safety and security.
More importantly, I recognize that this is not California, and this is not the city of Elk Grove. The thinking of one community does not always translate to another, nor should it. The views and opinions heard should come from Liberty Lake and from those who live, work, and play in and around its boundaries.
I highly respect the differences that each section of the community brings to the table. The anticipation of our community High School, soon to come; requests from the voices for a dog park; suggestions and recommendations for the unique vision—enhanced library services and; a host of untapped dreams for a senior center, all just waiting to be realized.
Those are the voices that will create an even better Liberty Lake where community building is a team sport. Bar none, Full Stop!
So, what is it I really want you to know?
I spend much of my retired time finding ways to support my community while not abandoning the comfort of my family—my two adult children, their spouses, the four wonderful grandchildren they have escorted into the world, and as the icing on the cake, my wonderful, most affectionate and caring dog Luce. Each continue to exemplify a strong testament to what love and support really means to me. They are the wind at my back, encouraging me all the time to continue to focus on the community we belong to and have grown to appreciate—they know that success is a family trait that takes a strong foundation to sustain. They have confidence in me.
If you believe that you have confidence in my representation of your voice, I would welcome and be honored for you to loan me your vote on November 5, 2019.
It is truly during the living of our lives—decided long before we utter our first words
—that make all the difference in the legacies we help build for ourselves, our families and our communities.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Liberty Lake Gazette.