Why Should You Vote For Me?
I’ve learned to be persistent!
Accessory of Empowerment
A running medal (or a few) is my accessory of empowerment. I gained some weight out of college and wanted to get healthier by taking up running. The first time I ran, I could hardly finish a lap around the track. That was forty pounds and five half marathons ago. Around 2,000 miles of running later, I’m still not the fastest, but I’m far more fit and less self-conscious than I have ever been. And my running achievements have reminded me: never quit.
Shoes of Empowerment
The pair I’m most proud of would be my scoffed up, scruffy and dirty old shoes which are a point of pride. I bought them before my first internship, and it was a while before I could afford nicer ones. But I take pride in being someone who doesn’t practice journalism sitting down. These shoes have taken me through muddy fields, through messy factories, to half a dozen natural disasters and through countless meetings. I feel best when I’m out and about, meeting with people and seeing the big news firsthand.
Outfit of Empowerment
A bright shirt, vest and tie: Journalism is a tough business to break into. It took me five internships and 15 months of freelancing from home to land a full-blown reporter position. It made me self-conscious about my own success to see friends move up through that. But I stuck in Dayton when I could have moved, and stuck with the career when others were out there. Now I’m proud to be known in my profession and in my city. I’m a bold person, and I love to stand out.