Since launching my campaign, I have spoken often about being an independent candidate in this election as part of my platform and during the debates. And to clarify for any that aren’t sure what I mean when I say, “I am an independent candidate and will be an independent voice on the board of education,” I mean the following:

I am running by myself in this election for the board of education. This means I do not have a committee of multiple volunteers or chairs. I do not have any political forces or blocs supporting me. I do not have huge donors. I am running on my own; I am running independently. 

But for many, that label of “independent” seems to bring up other meanings, so I offer these additional labels to use when speaking about me and my campaign as well:

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Mother. I have three young children. My oldest, now in 1st grade, qualified for special education ahead of kindergarten. It was during last year that I became frustrated with the lack of presence of special education families on the board. I am running to be the voice for our wonderful special ed community with the hope to make our district better for all students both now and in the future. 

Wife. I have been married to the love of my life for almost a decade. 

Daughter. My parents taught us to be kind, be smart, and to treat others how we would like to be treated. 

Sister. I have three brothers. My oldest and youngest live in Atlanta. My second youngest lives in Manhattan. We all are diehard Braves and Falcons fans. 

Friend. And they used the following words to describe me: Kind. Supportive. Loyal. Tough. Honest. 

And come November 5, I hope to add another label: Board member.