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I was raised by a single mom who taught high school chemistry. She instilled in me a deep appreciation for education and the opportunities it can provide. My family was conservative and traditional and cared deeply about our country.

 After graduating from a small Methodist liberal arts college in 2003, I moved to Texas with my husband where I worked in video production for clients that included the Dallas County Community College District and Texas Instruments. Several years ago, I started my own photography business working all over the DFW Metroplex for both corporate and individual clients.

 For most of my life, I have been a staunch Republican. I put signs for President George W. Bush in my front yard and a bumper sticker on my car. I strongly believed in compassionate conservatism, fiscal responsibility and bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East. I was disappointed when the war in Iraq did not have the desired outcomes and grew concerned as I saw what was happening in the region – an ongoing fight with U.S. soldiers bogged down in faraway places.

 Then, in 2008, my husband and I, like many Americans, lost our jobs in the Great Recession. It was a scary time when we hoped we wouldn’t lose our health insurance and our home. The banks which had engaged in risky behavior at the expense of the American people were not held accountable. Again, these were not the results I thought I was voting for.

 As I talked to people, I started to realize that we should not be fighting against all government, but against bad government. I believe in being fiscally responsible. As a small business owner, I understand the importance of investments in the future while trimming unnecessary spending. I believe in the original intent of compassionate conservatism, but somewhere along the way we lost our compassion.

 Although I have always followed politics closely, I never considered running for office. But I have grown tired of sending the same legislators to Austin year after year only to see the same problems continue unsolved. We need to focus on the issues that are important to Texans, such as funding our public schools, lowering our property taxes, preserving clean air and water and having a safe Child Protective Services system for our most innocent victims. I am committed to fighting for the people of our district and for the middle-class values we all hold.

 I live in Colleyville with my husband Mark and our two dogs, Sydney and Sasha.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.“

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