"TOGETHER WE CAN BUILD A BETTER FUTURE."
Candidate for VA HD-34
“Together We Can Build a Better Future!”
I believe in bringing people together. District 34 needs leadership who will listen to all sides of an issue. I will always seek solutions based on truth and compassion that lead to shared prosperity and focus on what unites us as Virginians.
Too often our neighbors in the 34th District struggle to have their voices heard. Many times, our residents feel left out of conversations. From education to transportation, from healthcare to childcare, I plan to be the voice for those that feel they are not being heard or seen. I want to hear from all citizens of the 34th.
The youngest of four children, Esther grew up in Elkton, Virginia. She has always been active in her church and currently serves as Treasurer/Finance Clerk. She has served as a Sunday school teacher for both children and adults. Family is important, and as the matriarch, Forced Family Fun events are planned. Her favorite: the annual family Thanksgiving dinner on the lawn.
After spending 10 years in Dallas, Texas, as Multiple Listing Service Director for the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors, Esther returned home to assist an elderly parent. In 2020, she retired from JMU after 20 years of developing and delivering technology training to faculty and staff.
Esther attended the East Elkton (Newtown) Elementary School built with Rosenwald funds. When the Newtown School closed in 1965, she integrated into the Elkton Intermediate/High School, where she was elected class president and Homecoming queen her senior year. Esther pursued her college career at Morgan State University, where she graduated with a degree in physical education and was a cheerleader. In 2003, while working at James Madison University, she earned a Master of Science in Education.
A passionate community advocate, Esther has served on the Elkton Cemetery Commission, Elkton Area United Services (EAUS), and Elkton Downtown Revitalization Corporation (EDRC) Boards. In 2011, while serving for four years as NAACP President, she established an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring the enslaved in Elkton. Esther was also instrumental in having a historical highway marker placed at her elementary school. She currently serves on the Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation Board, the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee (EPIC), and the Elkton Lions Club. She has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for over 45 years.
Esther enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and participating in area 5K runs. She founded Lil Sole Sisters, a running group for young girls in grades 2-5 in the Elkton area that continued until the pandemic.