At my core, my beliefs are rooted in liberty and justice for all. That everyone deserves the freedom to live their life to the fullest. I believe that every person has the right to health care, to love who they want to love, and to equal justice under the law.
I’m a small business owner and enthusiast—currently serving on the board of Startup Tri-Cities, a non-profit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and grow local businesses. I believe that we must ensure there is still room for the American Dream—for people to be able to create a meaningful life for themselves—and I worry that dream is slipping away for too many.
Everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to better their own and their families lives. We must ensure social justice, racial justice, and economic justice for all—and we need elected officials who reflect those core moral values of our community.
My name is Diane Bradley and I ran for reelection to the WCDP Executive Committee since I agree with the principles of the Democratic Party and want to continue to help turn our county blue. In 2016, I retired after 30 years and 10 months of working at City Hall , 23 of which I was Community Development Program Manager where I wrote grants and managed contracts for nonprofit agencies. Since I wasn’t ready to knit in a rocking chair, I decided to open my own business called Write For You where I do grant research, grant writing, and consulting. I thoroughly enjoy owning my own business, particularly the independence it brings and no alarm clocks!
I am the founder of Women of Color, a member of 100+ TriCities Women Who Care; a member of Women Matter, a former board chair of Good Samaritan Ministries, a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership 2015 and also have a Bachelor’s Degree from ETSU in Business Administration with a concentration in management and a Master’s Degree in City Management/Public Administration from ETSU.
My top issue would be inclusion since I believe no person should be discriminated against in any way due to the color of their skin, sexual orientation, religion, or other differences. I want people to know about me that I try each day to treat everyone the same whether they are rich or poor, homeless or a wealthy business person since I believe we all deserve to be treated equally.
I’d like to see the WCDP continue the progress it has made electing qualified Democratic candidates and expanding the number of Democrats who are involved with the party. under the excellent leadership of our chair, Kate Craig. Having lived here all of my life, I love living here since it has a small town feel, yet has some features of a larger town Also I love the fact we are located close to larger cities like Asheville and Knoxville should we want to visit larger cities. and not too far from my favorite place: the beach.
Last year I ran for Johnson City Commission because I wanted to change things. As a person that grew up not wealthy but comfortable and has also been through the life of living paycheck to paycheck, I’ve known both the comfort that every person deserves and the anxiety of not knowing if you’re going to be homeless next week. I wanted to try and help guide policy in my city to help ensure that all can live beyond that anxiety.
I didn’t win.
But I know that giving up is antithetical to being able to live in a world where people don’t just have to get by, they can thrive. So I got more involved in the best organization to create that type of change on the local level, the WCDP. I started to go to more meetings, talk to more people, and tried to push for the goals that are dear to me. I’ve found that the best place to steer a ship is at the helm, so I ran for the Executive Committee.
I’m committed to making sure that, over the next 2 years and beyond, that Washington County has a place for and an ability to elect progressives to all its parts of government, from commissions to Congress. I want this because, no matter the how the people in charge have chosen to run this place over the years, this area is the only place I can call my home. I love it and am willing to fight to see it be the best it can. Will you join me in that fight?
Following the 2016 election I knew I had to get involved in a meaningful way, to do whatever I could to help promote social justice and protect the rights and freedoms of the wonderful people that live in this great region I am proud to call home. I started this section of my journey by helping to organize the Women’s March on Washington Tri-Cities. After returning from the D.C. I was energized and hopeful. I attended the WCDP reorganization meeting and was elected to the Executive Committee where I have served as Chair of the Fundraising and Events Committee and now Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
I am so amazed and proud of the accomplishments of the WCDP members and leadership team. We have had a strong voice in the community, successfully put democrats on the ballot and elected democrats to office. 2020 will be another wonderful opportunity to continue these efforts.
The Fundraising and Events Committee raised over $15,000 last year. We are confident we can achieve our goal of $30,000 this year. We are hosting a series of house parties where members organized and host an evening of fun and entertainment for their friends. I recently held my second annual Music Jam which raised $2,000 this year and $2,500 last year. We are currently working on the final details for the first Annual WCDP Dinner and Gala! This will be held August 24th at the Carnegie Hotel. Stay tuned for the exciting details and purchase your tickets early.
Several of the events we have organized and participated in over the past two years include the 2016 and 2017 Jonesborough Days Parades, the TriPride Parade and the 2017 Christmas Parades in Jonesborough and Johnson City. We hosted a booth at the Appalachian Fair, we held our 1st annual WCDP picnic and we hosted an election night watch party.
It has been a pleasure to serve on the WCDP and I am truly excited about the next two years!
Over the next couple of years I’d like to see the WCDP continue to reach out across the community, and let people know that we are here. We need to let folks from the opposing political party know that we are not enemies. We are neighbors, coworkers, as well as friends and family, and we ALL need to work together to improve the lives of every resident of Washington County.
I became interested and more involved with the Washington County Democratic Party a few years back during the last major election. As a nearly lifelong resident, I’ve always felt that Washington County was a hidden gem. The people are interesting and the outdoors are breathtaking. There are endless opportunities to get outside and try something new. That’s what makes our area special and worth investing time in. For many years I was only involved in more macro politics and on the professional level and am currently a member of the National Association of Social Work; however, last year I became much more educated and involved with local politics. I saw the possibility of change on some of the more local levels of politics and it was exciting . I ultimately ran for the executive committee to continue to assist in the growth of the Democratic Party at a more local level.
One thing that is important to know about me is that I am a social worker. As a social worker, my top issues are health care and financial assistance for all who need it. In my profession, I see many people and their children in our area that struggle financially and I would like to see them have greater opportunities to succeed. Keeping that in mind, I think it is important to support likeminded candidates and continue to educate people and recruit new members, particularly young people. That is what I would like to see the Washington County Democratic Party continue to do in the next few years and something that I am excited to be a part of.
I have never been involved in any political organization, but when I was nominated to be a part of the Democratic Executive Committee, I felt a new chapter in my life was beginning. I am a retired public school Speech Therapist of 35 years. 30 years in TN and 5 in Virginia, I worked mainly with children with oral/language communication impairments. I have always been a member of NEA TEA VEA AARP NAACP and local Education Associations in each respective school system where I worked. I served on minority and women’s issues, VP, delegate for statewide general assembly, and school association representative.
One of the main issues I continue to contact local and state officials deals with funding for public education and teachers’ salaries! (Which are very low compared to Nationwide salary scales!) The standard Cost of Living wages is staggeringly low in contrast to the Cost of Living costs to survive!
I am an avid sports fan! Tennessee Volunteers are my favorite!! My favorite sport is football, followed close behind in NCAA basketball! I also support my alma mater ETSU!
I love this area, here in Washington County! My two sons have grown up here, attended day-care, elementary school, middle school, high school, and my oldest son NE State, and works in the Tri-Cities area. This has been home for me as well since 1974! I’ve seen a lot of growth here in this area and love being near the mountains and close by to other states!