I was born and raised on Hempel St. on the east side. My family came to Rochester in the early ’70s. My father worked for RTS as a bus driver and as a machine specialist at Kodak. My mother worked for Xerox as a quality control specialist and in the RCSD as a Teaching Assistant. We were not rich, but my parents were able to provide us with a comfortable lifestyle. My neighborhood was warm, inviting, and full of diversity. There was a true sense of pride in our community. Growing up, I experienced many benefits of living within this community, such as little league sports, caring neighbors, recreation centers, and quality public education. I am a proud graduate of Edison and attended Buffalo State and Brockport State College, where I studied Psychology and Sociology. I’ve worked as a social worker with at-risk youth for 25 years. This work has allowed me to do what I truly love, connecting with people. Working with youth, helping them become positive, successful, and contributing members of society. In my first term, we accomplished a lot, and now I need your support to continue to serve our community with pride and integrity. I come to you as a humble public servant asking for your vote and support in the primary election on June 27.