Tuscaloosa has been my home for over two decades. My parents, along with several generations of my family before me, also call Tuscaloosa home.
I cherish the great memories I've made growing up in Tuscaloosa with my five siblings and I continue to make fond memories and cherish the life I've built here, now with a family of my own.
I attended and graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School where I participated in Dance Line and served as Senior Class President. One of my fondest memories is playing Central High School in football and basketball, which is where I met my husband, Corey. A chance encounter at a high school football game led us to discussions about our love for our community and eventually for one another. We talked extensively about the untapped potential of the city’s West End Community and how we could make a difference and give back. This led us to founding Saturday Academy, a free summer enrichment program for middle schoolers that focuses on life skill development and developing well rounded young people.
Servitude has always been a part of my life’s purpose, and I have tried to live by the famous quote, “Be the change you seek in the world.” I regularly volunteer with several civic and faith-based organizations such as the Benjamin Barnes YMCA Advisory Council, Junior League of Tuscaloosa-Community Council, Eta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and as the Assistant Director of the Children and Youth Department at New Harvest Church of God.
I knew that I wanted to make positive changes in the lives of the people I worked with or mentored, which is why I pursued a degree in political science. I’ve always believed that with the right policy, we can make our communities better and safer for everyone.
My passion for public safety and criminal justice intensified in 2014 when tragedy struck my family. My brother-in-law was murdered in a robbery. At only 24 years old, he left behind three brothers - including my husband - a sister, two young daughters and a loving mother, which sent shockwaves through my family and the community. I decided to use our pain and grief from this tragic incident to fuel my desire to make a positive change in my community.
I graduated the from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science the same year my brother-in-law passed away. In 2016 I received my Masters in Public Administration from my alma mater with a concentration is education and public policy. Fueled by my desire to honor my brother-in-law’s death, and having started working a career in education, I began to see things through a new lens.
I always thought that things like crime, homelessness, poverty, unemployment and low test scores directly tied to government policy or education. I now truly see how very intertwined they are and I will take a proactive approach to addressing the issues we’re facing in Tuscaloosa. I believe the solution lies in Transforming Public Safety, Re-enforcing Community, Education, and Workforce Development, Strengthening Leadership Development, being Transparent and Accountable and Prioritizing Neighborhood Revitalization.
This is why I am running for the Tuscaloosa City Council seat in District 1. I want to help District 1 reach its fullest potential in every area. I look forward to serving you.