I decided to run for office because I have 5 children, four of whom will be in our county schools coming this school year. After watching our current school mask children without evidence and keep them out of school, I knew something needed to change. These one-size-fits-all decisions didn’t respect parental rights and left children like my son, who has special needs, without proper access to the resources that the law requires.
Such decisions left other children without the food, security, or safety that schools provide. In the end, this caused our district to spend millions of dollars trying to bridge that gap.
It didn’t matter how many times parents, like myself, spoke up, emailed, called, attended meetings, sent data and research; we were completely ignored and made to feel like we were somehow putting others in danger for simply wanting to maintain our parental rights and protect our children. These policies caused a significant rise in depression and anxiety in children.
The one unexpected and beneficial result was the awakening of parents to what was being taught in our public schools. For example, a history teacher told my oldest basic lies about the Constitution, like that it can be suspended under emergency rule. He was told that only non-minorities were racist and to denounce his white stepdad. When I learned that these lessons and messages were not unique to my child, I took action.
I asked other moms what they were seeing. What we found out was astonishing. We discovered policies from 2019 that would allow boys in girls’ bathrooms, policies that allowed teachers and administration to encourage a child’s gender confusion and to hide their “coming out” from parents, lessons about the “Genderbread Cookie” model to explain gender identity to kindergarteners, and 200 sexually explicit and violent books in the public school libraries.
As someone who has served this country and understands the proper role of government, I could not stand idly by while our countywide school board member, who was constantly talking about disparities of access for black and brown students and mental health concerns, was voting to create the same problems she claimed to be concerned about. I could not stand idly by while our representatives were operating outside of the consent of the people they were elected to serve. I had to step up, not just for my children, but for all our children.