Phyllis grew up in Evergreen, Alabama and became the first of her family to finish high school in three generations. She went on to earn her B.S. in Elementary Education from Alabama State and began her career as an educator working in the Montgomery Public Schools. She has owned and operated her own tutoring business, spent countless hours in the community as a Family Sunshine Center volunteer and member of the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP). She now lives in Montgomery with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter.
According to Phyllis’ website, “I want people to know that we—educators, firefighters, construction workers, policemen, sanitation workers, fast-food workers, students, grocery store workers, single mothers and fathers, call center representatives, enlisted soldiers, small business owners, the disabled, entrepreneurs, or any of my neighbors in working to middle class Alabama, have a voice and a story to be heard.”
On healthcare . . .
Phyllis supports the Affordable Care Act and finding ways to build and improve upon the legislation while maintaining Americans’ freedom of choice to stay with their current provider or opt for a nonprofit, government-funded public option. Within Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, there are many veterans, and Phyllis supports updating and modernizing their facilities and protecting their benefit programs such as access to healthcare that includes mental health support. Additionally, Phyllis strongly supports Medicare and Medicaid programs.
On the environment . . .
Plans for Economy
Phyllis will work to continue the expansion of the agricultural programs that are so relevant to Alabama’s 2nd District, particularly encouraging the formation of specialty farms that specialize in fruits, vegetables, and organic produce.
Phyllis also recognizes that small businesses are the backbone of the community, and that there needs to be more support for entrepreneurship that encourages growth so that the economy continues to grow.
In her first years working as an educator, Phyllis had to take on a second job to make ends meet. Phyllis supports implementing a pay increase for teachers, recognizing how much personal time, energy, and money goes into the profession. Additionally, Phyllis will fight to reinstate civics into public school curricula, to implement a financial literacy study program in high schools, to provide public schools with more guidance counselors, and to improve STEM and STEAM learning for K-12.