I'm running for office because I have been called to do it.  I nearly lost my life almost four years ago and God kept me on this earth for a reason.  That reason is to help as many people as I possibly can.  What better way to do that than to be the voice of every man, woman, and child in my district.  I'm running to bring the vision I see of our area to life; distinguished cities and towns that will become vibrant, bustling communities once again.  Where people smile when they pass each other on the street again---because they're happy! Because they've chosen to do better.  

I can't promise you the world.  The only campaign promise I've made and will make is this: If an issue is brought to my attention by someone (one of my constituents, someone in Montgomery, etc) and I am asked to vote on it, I will NOT vote unless I've heard both sides of the issue---and from the horse's mouth if possible.  ;) 

A few issues that I intend to address: 

  • Education -- illiterate high school graduates shouldn't be coming from our state.  
  • School Safety -- Wal-Marts in Montgomery shouldn't have more security than our elementary schools
  • Mental Health -- We need a full time therapist in every school. It would catch bullying, home problems, drug or alcohol use, and might even prevent school shootings/violence before they happen
  • Infrastructure --  Let's find out where the road/bridge money is really being spent and let's spend it where it should be: on county roads that are nearly impassible in certain parts of the state. 
  • Jobs -- Sure, we have jobs.  We have a workforce.  What happens when your work force has been trained to type 90 words per minute but what you really need is a welder? 

When you think about my race, which candidate do you believe would vote with your voice?  Who would you trust to stand up for you in Montgomery? 

I need your help!  I need all my friends, family, acquaintances, soon-to-be friends, everyone to give as much as you can to help me get to Montgomery.  We have less than 30 days until the election!  Signs have been ordered and will be up within a week!  I need to order advertising and more business cards, and so much more.  And of course, we have the unexpected cost of a driver because of my broken foot.  $25 now is better than $50 two days before the election, so please DONATE as soon as possible --- even if it's $5 today and $5 next week---EVERYTHING helps!   Also, please share my post so we can choose to do better together.   Choose Joy! 


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    “Joy is a listener and a fighter! She stands firm in her beliefs and will fight for what is right. I can't imagine a better representative.”

May 1, 2018

The Time is NOW to help me help you!!

When you think about my race, which candidate do you believe would vote with your voice and future in minid?  Who would you trust to stand up and fight for you and your families and businesses in Montgomery? 

But, I need your help!  I need all my friends, family, acquaintances, soon-to-be friends, everyone to give as much as you can to help me get to Montgomery.  We have less than 30 days until the election!  Signs have been ordered and will be up within a week!  I need to get this face all over the tri-county area, y'all need to hear me on the radio, and of course, more business cards,  And let's not forget that we now have the unexpected cost of a driver because of my broken foot. God doesn't bring you to it if He isn't going to be with you through it, right?  So, please give now.  You'll forget later.  I always do.  $25 now is better than $50 two days before the election, so please DONATE --- even if it's $5 today and $5 next week---EVERYTHING helps!   Also, please share my post so we can choose to do better together.   Choose Joy! 

March 14, 2018

This is the planned post for tonight while my inner "Julia Sugarbaker" just died a little...

     Over the past few weeks, I've heard so many stories about children being scared to go to school, children being neglected by their parents, children going to school without a support system that makes sure they've bathed, done their homework, etc.; alcoholism, addiction, children failing to maintain their grade level or even meet the kindergarten grade level requirements as much older children. And, I've spent a lot of time thinking and praying about what we can do to help these kids who are rapidly becoming lost adults. The first thing that came to mind was mental health. I know that most school systems have some form of counseling available to the kids, but I don't think there is enough.

     I think it's time we stopped and really looked the problem square in the eyes. We check our kids for curves in their spines. We check our kids' vision in school. But are we checking their hearts and minds? A greater presence of mental health workers in our school systems would solve a multitude of problems.

     First, it would destigmatize mental health. So many people don't seek treatment because they'll be called out for it. Well, if the therapist talks to every kid because the therapist is there all the time, where's the stigma? Our teachers have too many hats to wear as it is. Trying to spot a troubled child when you have thirty other children to teach is not an easy task.

     The therapist would be able to recognize changes in the children's behavior or moods because they see them daily. And while we're on that topic, most alcoholics or addicts take their first hit or drink between the ages of 11-14. Let that sink in. If you have a therapist in the school talking to our children, they could be the VERY early intervention we need to stop alcoholism or addiction before it starts.

     And, with regards to school violence, do you think a licensed therapist would have been able to alert authorities on a more serious and personal level rather than a random phone call here or there with that shooting in Florida...or really any school shooting thus far?

     I know there are many variables to this idea that will need to be addressed and worked out, but at least this will get the conversation started! If we don't do what we can to take care of our children ourselves, no one else will. We aren't doing bad here in Alabama. But we can do better. Choose to do better. Choose Joy.

Addendum: There will be a post tomorrow regarding headlines that keep smacking me in the forehead hour by hour.  It involves the 3 R's and the lovely letter A that I hold so dearly to my heart. 

March 1, 2018

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign....

In an effort to give the people of District 81 the very thing they keep asking about...we need your help!  Apparently, if there aren't signs out already with your name on it, you are falling behind. 

While I don't agree with that logic, I do know that I will need to strategically place a few hundred signs (not really!)  all over Chilton, Coosa, and Tallapoosa Counties so that people know they can choose to do better by choosing Joy.  So, with that in mind, please give what you can to help me reach my preliminary goal of $1,000, so I can start sharing the Joy via beautifully printed signs that may or may not have the brace face on them.

Till now, I've made one campaign promise.  I promise that I will not make a decision or vote on a bill until I've heard both sides of the argument.  But, I'm adding another tonight.  If you know me at all, you know that I despise the litter of campaign signs post-election.  So, I promise that I will do my very best to clean up my mess of signs after the race. 

But until the race is over, help me spread Joy throughout the District by donating here! 


February 13, 2018

It’s only really official when...

Your hometown newspaper posts your announcement. Look Ma! I’m in the papers!

February 11, 2018

Campaign created!

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    “I've know Joy along time and I can honestly say she is a hard working honest and truly good person. She's a great mom and a friend to all. Alabama and especially District 81 would be lucky to have her representing them.”

  • endorsed

    “Joy is a listener and a fighter! She stands firm in her beliefs and will fight for what is right. I can't imagine a better representative.”