Plano is my home. I moved to Plano 18 years ago and every day since I have been thankful for the opportunities this city offers my family and me. I cheered as my children played tennis at High Point and I grinned with pride as I watched them walk across the stage during their high school graduation. Through thick and thin, my Plano community has surrounded my family and me with love and acceptance. This city has become our true home and the people in it our extended family. While I was not born here, my heart is here.
I was born in Guyana, a small country in South America, and moved to Plano in 1998. Prior to living in Plano, my husband and I lived in Canada and California. When we arrived here, we quickly realized that Plano was the city that we would be proud to call home. This city was bringing together people of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, languages and talents and celebrating each with enthusiasm and appreciation. In the last 18 years, this city has grown up but our core values of being a safe city, a city with outstanding schools, an abundance of recreational facilities and a city that honor its citizens continues to be the same. I am fortunate to be able to call Plano home. I share this perspective with many in Plano who are foreign-born and have roots in other countries.
As a Plano citizen, I have been thoroughly engaged with our local community over the years. My personal and work experiences (as an attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and later as an attorney in private practice) have inspired me to work with important not-for-profit agencies like Genesis Women’s Shelter, the Salvation Army, and Ronald McDonald House.
Through my experience as a family law attorney, and as a mother, I have learned the art of bridging the divide between conflicting parties who come from different backgrounds. I pride myself on engaging and understanding varied point of views while motivating and working towards a shared goal with my clients. I plan to apply the same knowledge to our city’s issues as your City Council member.
This election presents us with the exciting opportunity to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table. And those ideas and perspectives need to come from all of Plano’s residents, not just a segment. A large majority of Plano residents do not vote in the local election, which means their voice is not being heard. In the last twenty years, Plano’s population has grown and the demographics have changed significantly, however, this change has not been reflected in our local election.
The success of Plano and our families depends on our ability to commit to diverse leadership. My personal and professional background makes me uniquely qualified to represent the needs of our entire city. I have learned through these experiences how to identify the needs of others and with your vote, and the support of my city colleagues, I will successfully ensure that Plano continues to be a community of vibrancy and excellence for all.
I know that voting for someone requires trust, and I will work hard every day to earn and keep your trust. I kindly ask for your vote.
Together we can form a more diverse and transparent government representing all of the citizens of Plano!
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer."
- John F. Kennedy