Why is reforming the Cleveland community one of your top priorities?
"I grew up here and basically you don't see the benefits of a small community until you come back. Four years ago when my husband became mayor I really started to see a lot of need. There were kids without clothes and without food."
What is the most rewarding aspect of your civic involvement?
"I do a lot with the elderly, but with the kids it's the hugs and kisses. Sometimes I make a child so happy just by giving them a meal for the day. Sometimes the free park lunch is all these children get."
How do you address and identify needs in your community?
"Growing up here, I'm more aware of the families. People are more open to me and not afraid to call me and say their child needs something. Being so involved and raised here helps."
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
"I see myself continuing to raise awareness about hungry children and the sick and shut-in elderly. In 10 years, I'll be enjoying my children who will be 20, 18 and 10. Hopefully, I'll have instilled enough values in them to help and go ahead with things."