When I was a teenager, America was but a dream, an abstract, faraway idea of freedom, self-sufficiency and opportunity. Twenty-five years ago, in the spring of 1996, I became among the fortunate few for whom that dream turned into reality when the University of New York offered me a full scholarship. Sixteen years ago, I moved to Woodbridge, Connecticut, this New England town of beauty and serenity, with my husband and our two toddlers. We purchased our first home here; my children went to Stork Club daycare at the end of the road. I voted for the first time in my life in 2018 after I became a naturalized American citizen that year. In 2021, I will have both my two kids graduate from the Amity school system. They are now leaving home to pursue dreams of their own.
I have learned many things in this adopted homeland of mine. One of those things is that America is a land of opportunity and freedom, to which many young people around the globe still aspire to come to. Freedom is not only the work of those great men and women whose names are enshrined in our history books; freedom derives from the everyday involvement of numerous ordinary citizens like us, who contribute to every aspect of our town, our state and our country. We vote. We volunteer. We get informed and we share information. We talk to our legislators when there is an issue we feel strongly about. And many of us also serve in public office, sometimes minor positions, on a volunteer basis.
Woodbridge has been the town my children call their hometown. I have never stayed in one place for as many years as I have resided in Woodbridge. Woodbridge is now home for us; an immigrant family that came from the other side of the world. I am hoping, in one way or another, that I can serve and give back what I can to this beautiful town.
Therefore, I am honored to have the opportunity to run as a candidate for being a Zoning Board of Appeals alternate with the Republican team. I am a Chemical Engineer with decades of working experience in a multinational company. I am logical, fact-focused, and a quick learner. I would be honored to win your vote and have a chance to serve our town and my neighbors in the next two years.