I am passionate about government that works for all people, not just some. It does not matter to me how much taxes I pay so long as those who make more than me pay more. I like the mission phrase of the MacArthur Foundation “building a more just, verdant and peaceful society.” I couldn’t agree more. I want my country to help other less wealthy countries maximize the potential of their residents. Things I love to do are gardening, traveling, hanging out with friends, hiking, biking, riding horses, camping, and home improvement projects. I cook a lot because I like to eat well and my husband, Larry, likes to grow vegetables and fruit. Larry and I have three grown children, an “adopted” Colombian son, a daughter-in-law and a grandchild. I speak Portuguese, French and Spanish semi-fluently. I am a small animal veterinarian practicing medicine and surgery at Oxford Veterinary Hospital, a job I continue to enjoy a great deal. I am an active member of Elkton United Methodist Church. One reason I am a Democrat is that I believe Jesus’ teachings align much better with Democratic ideals than with GOP goals.