From the Campaign Trail

June 2, 2018 – Amazing breakfast at Shelby Iron Works, morning and evening trips to Alabaster City Fest and a stop in between at the dunking booth at the Men’s Health Fair in Chelsea. We are all exhausted but it has been a fantastic day! We are blessed to live in a great county with wonderful people!!

June 1, 2018 – Thank you so much to Kristi and Emmanuel Scozzaro and Laura Joseph for hosting a meet and greet at Helena’s First Friday Event! We had a great time and met so many wonderful people in Helena!

May 29, 2018 – I have been blessed to have many excellent mentors during my career and am thankful that one of those has been Judge Jim Fuhrmeister. I am honored and humbled to receive his endorsement.

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May 24, 2018 – I wanted to thank the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police for giving me the opportunity to speak about my candidacy for Probate Judge. I appreciate all you do for our community!

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May 23, 2018 – Another busy but exciting day! It was wonderful to hear about all the new and exciting things going on in Columbiana at the Mayor’s Merchant Breakfast. Then on to the Drug Free Coalition Meeting with excellent speakers addressing issues of mental illness and suicide in our community. I ended the day celebrating with my friends at the Greater Shelby Chamber in their annual “Salute to Small Business” luncheon. So proud of all my friends that were nominated and winners of the small business awards!!!

 

May 20, 2018 – I was honored today to have the opportunity to address the 2018 graduates of Shelby County High School during their Baccalaureate Service. I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for these bright young men and women!

After the Baccalaureate Service, I attended Popsicles & Politics at the beautiful home of Trey and Stefanie Woodrow in Pelham.  I am so thankful to them for opening their home and giving me the opportunity to meet their friends and neighbors.

May 19, 2018 – It’s been another busy day from Pelham’s Palooza in the Park to the Regions Classic Golf Tournament and the opportunity to speak to the Republican Women of Shelby County in between!

 

May 15, 2018 – Today was a big day for several reasons.  First, it was graduation day for Leadership Shelby County Class of 2018.  They did an excellent job with their presentations, the projects they completed will benefit Shelby County for years to come.  Today also marks the end of a four month journey for me, to attend City Council Meetings throughout Shelby County!!!  This is a huge, wonderful county!  It has been so interesting to see what is going on in each city.  If you live in a city in Shelby County, please try to go to a city council meeting, you will learn so much.  Your local mayors and councils are working very hard to make your city a great place!  I’ve included a few pictures from the last several months.

May 12, 2018 – We had an amazing day at Buck Creek Festival! The music, the people, and the venue were all wonderful! I even got to be “Helen” the duck!!!

May 10, 2018 – We are blessed to live in a county where we can all come together as a community for events like the National Day of Prayer at American Village and at Chelsea City Hall. It was wonderful joining friends in prayer for our community at these events!

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May 8, 2018 – What a great day! I started out the morning having the opportunity to share my campaign platform with the Helena Kiwanis Club and finished with a wonderful Candidate Forum hosted by Chelsea’s Kool 96.9. It has been a long day but I’m so happy for these opportunities!

May 5, 2018 – The whole family had a great time Friday night at Music on Main in Columbiana last night!  I had a great time volunteering today at the NAMI Family Fun Fair! I am so proud of NAMI Shelby for organizing a great event. I am so proud to be a member of this amazing organization!!!

 

May 1, 2018 – I had a great time visiting with the Vignette Club in Columbiana.  Thank you so much for the invitation to join the Spring Fling celebration, I had a great time!

April 30, 2018 – It has been my privilege to work with our local law enforcement agencies for the last ten years in one capacity or another. I couldn’t be more humbled or honored to receive the endorsement of the men and women of the Shelby County Chiefs of Police Association!31355915_227197921167502_201986371035869048_nApril 28, 2018 – What a beautiful day!  We had a great day attending local festivals and meeting so many wonderful people in Shelby County.  We saw some amazing cars at Hot Iron at the Iron Park in Shelby, found wonderful snacks at the Calera Strawberry Festival and had a great time in the photo booth at Celebrate Hoover.  Then we ended the night with excellent food and wonderful friends at the Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival!

 

April 27, 2018 – Tonight was a perfect night for Fourth Friday in Alabaster!  Beautiful weather and great entertainment for kids and adults!

April 26, 2018 – So thankful to Josh & Julie Smitherman for hosting a wonderful Meet the Candidates Event at their beautiful Bradford Realty Office in downtown Montevallo.  We were so busy talking and enjoying the evening I forgot to take pictures, but we did manage to get a selfie on the way out.

April 25, 2018 – Can’t believe it is only Wednesday! From Youth Leadership Shelby County graduation, Children’s Policy Council, NAMI Shelby, and conducting the final Mental Health Training Sessions for Alabaster Police Department there are so many great things happening in our county. I’m blessed to play a role in these organizations and trainings!!!

 

April 22, 2018 – A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Cody Brasher from Chelsea Central Podcast for an interview discussing my candidacy for the office of Probate Judge.  The interview was released today! Please take a minute to listen.Chelsea Central Podcast Interview.20229267_242509672935845_2704898210781139917_nApril 21, 2018 – There were so many fun events in Shelby County today! From Columbiana Touch A Truck, Montevallo Warrior Run, Montevallo Art Festival, and the Chelsea Kiwanis Club’s Fire at the Foothills we are exhausted but had a great family day! So proud to live in Shelby County and ask for your vote on June 5th!!!

 

April 20, 2018 – Had a wonderful time at the Taste of Pelham!!! Excellent food and fellowship for such a wonderful cause. I was proud to be a sponsor of the event and can’t wait to see the new Pelham Library!!!

April 19, 2018 – So exciting to see dreams becoming reality at the University of Montevallo. So much excitement and energy at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Center for the Arts!

 

April 13, 2018 – I was excited to have been invited to speak at SafeHouse’s Domestic Violence CLE. A great opportunity to dispel some myths about Mental Health, share information about commitments in Probate Court, and learn a lot about this area of law hearing from the other speakers!

April 10, 2018 – I attended the Advocate Awards Program & Banquet tonight.  I always cherish the opportunity to support crime victims and those who work tirelessly to advocate on their behalf. Hearing from author and survivor, Linda Coogan, was truly inspirational! Congratulations to our award recipients from Shelby County: Tracey Bettis, Casey Duncan and Lt. Sciascia.

April 7, 2018 – Mt. Laurel Spring Festival was cold but fun and then we ended the day with friends at a fundraiser supporting our local schools.

April 6, 2018 – Other than the people I worked with, the thing I miss the most about being away from the Probate Office during the election is the opportunity to preside over adoptions as a Special Probate Judge. People often focus on the happy forever family part of adoptions and forget about the contested adoptions. As a judge you must follow the law as it is written so it is very important that laws are reviewed to make sure they are revised by the Legislature when appropriate. It has been over 20 years since our adoption code was last revised. I am proud to serve with other attorneys, judges, DHR representatives and legal scholars on the Alabama Law Institute’s Adoption Committee which is responsible for drafting revisions to the current adoption code for our Legislators to consider enacting into law.30126914_221153408438620_8734865989659004_n

April 4, 2018 – So excited to see my official campaign announcement in print in the 280 Reporter!

March 27, 2018 – Not our usual “Spring Break” activities, but we have had a great day together! Thankful for my family! I cannot thank everyone enough for offering locations to put signs and taking yard signs!!! If you want a sign please let me know and I will add you to the list!

March 23, 2018 – I was honored to speak today at the Alabama League of Municipalities Attorneys and Judges Conference on the topic of Mental Health Issues in the Courtroom. In Probate Court we routinely encounter mental health issues with respondents in court solely to address mental illness through commitments, our Municipal, District and Circuit Courts encounter people there to address primary issues unrelated to mental illnesses but have to deal with that issue as well despite it not being their primary function. This opportunity allowed me to share with Municipal Judges and Prosecutors some of the resources available to them when dealing with mental illness in the courtroom.

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March 15, 2018 – I was so humbled and overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from friends both old and new at the Campaign Kickoff and Fundraising Reception hosted by Samantha Rush with the law offices of Bear Rush!  What a wonderful night!!!

March 10, 2018 – I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to help with the organization of the event and hope to have the opportunity to do more like it in the future!!!