I felt compelled to run for SC House District 81 in order to make a positive change regarding the state’s education system, stagnant wages and to return service to government.
I attended East Aiken Elementary, Kennedy Middle and South Aiken High Schools (go Thoroughbreds!). In 2001, I earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the College of Charleston. After graduation I began graduate studies in Materials Science at Penn State, meeting my wonderful husband, Kevin, in the process.
I know the power of a dedicated, engaged teacher. No one can help steer the direction of your future like a teacher can. Unfortunately, we are losing teachers from our school district and from the profession from lack of resources and support. I am not quite sure where I would be or what I would be doing if not for my high school Chemistry teacher, Ms. Barton, and the support of my family. I want to increase our state’s support for public education in order to strengthen and grow our state’s economy.
While our opinions often differed, I was also influenced by Senator Strom Thurmond when I paged for him in high school. His commitment to service and his strong work ethic left a lasting impression on me. I want to return that level of service to District 81.
I am now a principal engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) where I study renewable energy. I serve on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Solar Council and the South Carolina Biomass Council. I am also on the City of Aiken’s Energy and Environmental Committee.