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My core philosophy is balance. Too often nowadays we find our country split by people with unwavering opinions as well as bandwagon hoppers, both limiting themselves to solutions. Without a balance of being skeptical and open minded there is no reason to even have a good argument. Complacency in ones opinions allows for core values to be manipulated. Too much cynicism leads to brilliant ideas taking a backseat to mantra and bumper sticker tactics. Skepticism and open-mindedness are critical tools used to evaluate information that can be used to prepare a plan of action ensuring the success of the most beneficial value. I believe that it is our duty as true patriots to question the people and institutions in power; as well as hold our own ideas up to critique. It is critical to the success of KPFT, Pacifica Radio, and the nation to hold to our core values while assimilating diverse opinions so that as a people we can start moving in a direction again. As it may be difficult to work with others who have viewpoints that challenge your own; it is critical to remember that the right thing to do is rarely the easiest. I run for this position ready to listen. I run for this position because I know there are more voices that need to be heard.

I am a new Houston resident. I was born in Las Vegas Nevada and moved fourteen times with my family. Eventually flying the coop I went to community college in Kansas where I majored in psychology and got my associates degree. After moving so many times from red state to red state I began getting tired of hearing the same thoughts and viewpoints repeated as mantras to enforce weak ideals. Eventually I moved to Houston where, as I drudged through my daily work routine I would scan through radio stations listening aimlessly; just daring something to resuscitate my flat-lining brain. I stumbled onto 90.1 as the Ferguson riots erupted. The coverage and viewpoints were enticing as well as in depth. KPFT was exactly what I needed to hear; raw uncontaminated voices uninfluenced by corporate money and so able to speak with no fear of repercussion. As these strong, opinionated voices resonated with my now very aware ears I came to realize that these people also represented the quiet unspoken viewpoints usually drowned out by the noise of jingles and mantras on all the other talk radio stations. I have read and fallen in love with KPFT’s mission statement. To be a voice for the unheard voices of Houston uninhibited by the distraction of dangled money. I have heard that KPFT has fallen on hard times. This only solidifies my resolve to aid this station. I promise that even if I am not elected to the board I will be volunteering and helping in any way that I can.

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
For being a station that doesn’t except corporate donations it has run efficiently for decades because the listeners, and staff believe in the mission statement. It says something about the station’s tenacity when just by sticking to its guns KPFT is able to remain a competitive radio station.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
Unfortunately I have heard that KPFT is having inward problems with agreeing and working together on the difficult subjects. Though what can you expect when a small house turned radio station is filled to the brim with fiery strong-willed political thinking people? We the people of KPFT discuss controversial subjects regularly. Though disagreements happen as they should we all need to remember we are on the same team with the same goal.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I used to tutor for a community collage and GED center. I learned the most important lessons in communication, and cooperation in the GED center. As I tutored I worked with a very wide variety of people seeking their GED. I had to set my lessons to appeal, communicate, and educate to high school dropouts, home schooled students, and the elderly who needed the GED just to advance in their current jobs. I will bring my ability to approach problems from many different angles and remain dynamic in decision making.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
PUBLICITY! Because KPFT acts independent of corporate money means that we are at a disadvantage when it comes to advertising the station. It is strictly up to the people of KPFT to spread the word that the city of Houston has a station free and open to public opinion. People want to be heard the more people hear of the station the more donors. The first step as of now is to ensure that KPFT gets its new transmitter; no matter what so that these voices can be cast further.

So, what do you think ?