Children will lead our community tomorrow. Ensuring their healthy development is essential. When a community opens pathways to health, everyone benefits. As people become more financially stable, they are able to take care of basic needs like shelter, food, and medical care not only for themselves, but for their families.

While Cumberland County is a great place to live and work, not everyone is doing well. Too many kids in Cumberland County do not read at grade level, too many people in Cumberland County cannot afford their basic necessities, including housing, and too many people are dying early from preventable causes.

The consequences of these lost opportunities are staggering – both economically and socially.

• Nearly 1/3 of Cumberland County third graders do not read at grade level.
• More than half of our neighbors don’t have sufficient resources for housing and other necessities.
• Adults with major mental illness die 14 to 32 years younger than the general population.

We can do better. We must do better. If we all work together toward a shared vision and engage new voices, we can make long-lasting change in this community. Our community.

I want the community to be diverse and inclusive; everyone has a place at the table and their voice counts.
We need strong early childhood care and education, good nutrition, things we know will make a difference in the long run.
My vision is that there are enough jobs and housing so people have a good shot at being healthy.