The Reason I'm Running
I was raised by a single mom who worked two jobs, sometimes three, to keep us going. We were blessed to have a soft place to land at my grandparents’ place in Oak Cliff—right at Camp Wisdom and Polk —when we needed it. I’m the person I am today because of the example set by mother and the support of my grandparents. My family remains my greatest source of strength.
As a kid I had a habit of arguing with anyone about anything I felt strongly about. The adults in my life told me I should go to law school since I loved to argue so much! I wasn’t arguing because I enjoyed it. I argued because I had something to say and I wanted to be heard. Many little girls grow up not being heard and feeling unseen. Law school was my way of ensuring my voice would not be silenced. So after graduating from Cedar Hill High School, I earned an undergraduate degree from UTA and went on to SMU Law School. I joined DeHay & Elliston as a first-year associate in 1999.
As a lawyer working for a defense firm, I began to question how I could help as the world began to pivot and slide into something I could never have imagined. I was starting to see the same political discord that was consuming our country permeating our court system. I began to be more intentional and purposeful about how I could use my knowledge and experience to make a difference. I began to think more about all the years my mother worked her second job at Redbird Mall and the years we lived with my grandparents in Oak Cliff. About what it means to grow up economically insecure or lacking the support I enjoyed from my family. I thought about the people I knew growing up who needed a champion and the vulnerable folks that still do today. Most of all, I thought about how being a good person means more than just not being a part of the problem, but being part of a solution.
These thoughts culminated into a single decision-- Run for judge of Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 3 because I can make a difference. I know that I would be a judge that would make people feel heard. Dallas citizens have a right to choose a judge that represents the interest of the people. A judge with a servant-leader's heart. I am asking you to join me in a movement of change in Dallas County. Choose me to be your judge of Dallas County Court-at-Law No. 3 because we can make a difference, together.