Early Life – I was born in February 1982, in Lamar, MO. It’s a small town in southwestern Missouri with a population of 4,000. I was raised in the country. To get to my house, you went out of town on HW 160 to road A to road C. Then to get to my grandparents’ house, you continued down C to F, then down a gravel road. I lived there until I was in the 6th grade.
We moved to Oklahoma City in the middle of my 6th-grade year and that was a huge cultural shock. I actually had to put a lock on my locker. I was bullied horribly. We moved to Norman during my 7th-grade year and that’s where I lived until I graduated from Norman High in 2000. But I had to move out before my Senior year. My mom moved out of Norman that summer and the one promise she made me was that she would never move me before my Senior year as her parents did her. So I moved out. I had to support myself, pay my own car insurance, and work more that 40 hours week to do so.
Adult Life – I started college at OU in the fall of 2000. My major was Biochemistry with a minor in Political Science. Even back in college, I had a love for politics. But while in college, I had to put that education on hold during my second semester, though, because I had a disabling car wreck that prevented me from keeping attendance at my classes that spring, so I withdrew.
While I was on hiatus, I met my future husband, and after a while of dating, before the next fall, we became pregnant with our daughter. We eloped in October. Being a mom was more important than getting my degree so my husband and I decided that we would be a working-class family. We both made $10 or less per hour at restaurants, but we were able to afford a 4-bedroom, 2 bath home, and buy a 2nd car.
I was injured in another accident after having our second child, a boy, at work, in 2004. We relied mostly on his income as I became a stay-at-home mom for the next 10 years until we separated after 13 years together. After that, I was forced to go back to work, where I have been working various part-time jobs to support myself. I met my current husband in June 2015 and we recently married in March 2019. So my teenagers live with their dad, and my husband and his 2 tweens live with us.
My political life – I have always had a huge interest in politics and history. I purposely took one teacher all 4 years in High School after having her as a Freshman because she taught the subjects I loved. She instilled a love of history and current events that has carried through in me to this very day.
I was a registered Republican when I voted in my first presidential election in 2000. I remained a loyal Republican, voting that way all the way up to the 2008 election when I voted for John McCain. I didn’t switch parties until after the formation of the Tea Party in 2009 when I feel like the Republicans left me behind.
I am running now because I can no longer sit on the sideline as I watch helplessly as those in charge do nothing to use their power to improve our country.