In 1999, State Senator John Edwards, D-Roanoke, passed legislation requiring all school boards to establish character education programs. Consequently, I’m young enough to have benefited from this legislation, instilling within me these personal character traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
I consider these values the Six Pillars of Public Service, acting as a guide for how I ought to behave and interact with those I intend to serve. They’ve taught me to be honest. Have integrity. Be loyal. Be accepting of others. Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. Keep on trying. Be accountable. Play by the rules. Express gratitude. Forgive others. Do my share. Stay informed. Vote. Debate civilly. And always to be a good neighbor.
These are the tenets that founded my campaign. While at times it may be difficult, and I recognize that I am only human, I strive to follow them daily. I hope you will too.
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