“I want everyone in the second district to have affordable healthcare, a quality education, a healthy environment and a living wage”

The Great Smoky Mountains

The rolling hills and rivers here next to the Smoky Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world.  When I first moved to East Tennessee I instantly felt at home, and it made me think, maybe we all have roots in the Appalachian Mountains. 

I love being outdoors and taking advantage of the mountains and streams that define our land and our history.  Many of my values come from a childhood spent exploring nature with my grandparents, riding horses with my family and learning respect for others as a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  After growing up in northern California I earned my undergraduate and two graduate degrees from the University of California at Davis.  I was fortunate to spend some time as a river guide during that period, and my love for the outdoors became a lifetime passion.  

Riding with my grandfather

Additionally, I have spent most of my professional career working in public service as an advocate for improved healthcare and a healthy environment. For the past 14 years I served as the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, working to improve water quality across the Volunteer State.  

My father was a public school teacher, and I embrace the importance of improving education for all children and preparing them for the challenges of life.  And, as I care for my aging mother, I fully understand the needs of our growing elderly population. 

Fishing near the Smokies

 In addition to my work with the Tennessee Clean Water Network, I served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the national Clean Water Network and was a founding board member of the Community Health Alliance – Tennessee’s first co-operative health insurance company. Locally, I served as Chairperson and Commissioner of the Knoxville Transportation Authority and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bijou Theater. And, I’m a proud graduate of the 2008 class of  Leadership Knoxville.

As Tennessee’s Second District Representative, I will work to make Tennessee a better place to live.  I will fight for affordable and accessible healthcare, a living wage, a strong public school system, and a healthy environment. 

Why the rose in our logo, you ask?

The answer is embodied in one word: suffragist. 

Before 1920 women did not have the right to vote in the United States. That changed in August of 1920 when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.   

The suffragist movement fought for these rights, and the people who were part of that movement were suffragists.  During the heated debate in Nashville that  August, those advocating for a woman’s right to vote demonstrated their support by wearing a yellow rose.  

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If you would like to contact the campaign or contribute by mail:

Hoyos for Congress

P.O. Box 10103

Knoxville, TN 37939

Campaign Office:

900 East Hill Avenue

Suite 110

Knoxville, TN 37915