Editors Note:  Originally published on the Team Victoria Leigh Facebook Page on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

ardemgaxMonday’s (Feb 8, 2016) Arkansas Democrat Gazette highlighted the race for Democratic nominee for State Representative in District 38. The clear choice was set.

“The party establishment seems to have made a choice on which candidate it’s going to support. And in the past, that hasn’t gone well for this district,” she said. “But I’m just like [the voters]. I’m a mom, I’m a wife, I’m a lawyer. … I get up and go to work every day. We’re all trying to do the best we can. … I want to help and serve them.”

The space allotted to the profile in today’s newspaper isn’t sufficient enough to cover everything. I thought I would elaborate in a number of posts here on my Facebook page. (You may access the article online here.)

I have spent my career focused on giving people a hand-up – an example that I try to set daily for my two year old daughter and soon enough for my three week old. In law school I clerked for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and I was a member of the Anderson City Human Rights Commission and Fair Housing Coalition. I was also a Junior Girl Scout Troop Leader. I provided pro bono representation for homeowners facing fraudulent foreclosures in law school as well.

In my career, I’ve donated many hours through VOCALS, the Veterans Legal Assistance Program (which is a monthly clinic at which pro bono attorneys advise veterans with low incomes on a variety of legal issues at the CAVHS Day Treatment Center.) I’ve also volunteered with the Disability Rights Center, active in AAUW.

In 2013 I graduated from the Arkansas Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.