Vote on March 1, 2022
I was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas into a military family. My father and paternal grandfather both graduated from West Point and enjoyed lengthy military careers and my maternal grandfather was an officer in the Danish army who rose to the rank of General during his career. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII and my father did two tours of Vietnam, including surviving the Battle of la Drang in 1965.
My family was stationed in Germany from 1973 until 1977, which allowed us to spend summers in Denmark with my mother’s family, until we returned to the United States where my father served his last tour at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Upon my father’s retirement from the military, my family moved back to Texas when I was 10. After graduating from Baylor University, I travelled to New York City to spend the summer working as a bartender. This eventually led to me opening my own pub on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and earning my M.B.A.
In 2008, I returned to school again, to pursue a law degree with a focus on family law. During law school, I was a law clerk intern for the Hon. Ellen F. Gesmer and upon graduation I worked as a court attorney for the Hon. Laura E. Drager of the Supreme Court, New York County.
In 2014, I went to work for a boutique matrimonial firm where I dedicated hundreds of pro bono hours during my career to those less fortunate. In 2018, the LGBT Bar Association of New York awarded the Pro Bono Excellence Award to my employers with special recognition to me. I was selected to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for 2020 and 2021.
I have also served as the family law co-chair for both the city- and state-wide family law sections of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. In such capacity, my committee provided feedback on proposed legislation to the state legislature.
Since 2017, I have divided my time between Texas and New York and, in 2018, I became a member of the Texas Bar.
Last year, I purchased a home in Austin and I am excited by the prospect of serving the residents of Texas in the very district in which I was born, just as my sister, Jacqueline, served the surrounding counties as an elementary school principal for 27 years, including 19 of those years in Comal County, until she retired last year.
I am the proud mother of two children, Jack and Kirsten, who both attend the University of Texas in Austin.
Like many Americans, I have grown increasingly frustrated by, among other issues, the failure to secure the border, rapid inflation, the rampant wasteful spending by Washington, D.C., exorbitant prices for prescription drugs, overreaching mandates, government edicts related to individual health care, attacks on our 2nd amendment right to bear arms, section 230 immunity for big technology companies who enjoy an alarming concentration of power and the inability of lawmakers to reach compromises.
When I moved to New York City in 1992, the city was still in the throes of historic crimes rates prompting voters to elect Rudy Guiliani in the 1993 election. Under the leadership of both Guiliani and his successor, Michael Bloomberg, the city prospered with moderate fiscal policies, a crack down on crime and the introduction of charter schools to give parents more choice for their children’s education.
Although a dedicated voter, I never considered myself very political. However, things began to change in 2014 following the election of Bill de Blasio. I observed up close as the city, which became so prosperous and safe under his predecessors’ leadership, deteriorated as a result of his progressive policy agendas.
The very same progressive policy decisions, which led so many New Yorkers to leave the state, are now being pushed by the democratic party nationwide. The rights of American citizens are taking a back seat to illegal immigrants flooding across our borders. Moderate democratic party politicians are being bullied by their own party to embrace the progressive agenda regardless of the views of their constituents back home.
While some politicians may choose to abandon the beliefs of their constituents, if you elect me I will remain loyal to the needs and desires of District 35 residents, as opposed to partisan politics or agendas. I look forward to meeting you all and hearing what issues are important to you.