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In this episode we hear from Cara McClure, who is running for Public Service Commission Place 1. She is a graduate of the first cohort of Emerge Alabama training. She speaks with Present Tense Podcast host Anne Markham Bailey about Emerge Alabama candidate training and support, her life as an activist and being a woman on an uneven playing field both in family life and in politics. Cara talks about the Alabama of the future that she is planning to shape.

 
   Cara McClure, Candidate for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1        The youngest of six siblings and the mother of one terrific son, Cara McClure was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the great community of Powderly.     McClure’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured early by her parents and family. While in elementary school, she worked for the family’s cleaning service, where she made cold calls to apartment complexes and small businesses.  She also sold candy door-to-door and in school and also ran bus trips to Point Mallard without any adult support.    This early exposure to business shaped McClure and she sought out opportunities for personal development, learning marketing and recruiting. Eventually she moved into network marketing, building a team of more than 2000 brand new entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada.    McClure is a proponent of finding solutions to difficult circumstances. After spending time homeless following a marital separation, McClure turned personal hardship into opportunity when she created an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes.     McClure also supported the immigrant community by writing an open letter to the mayor and city council to make Birmingham a sanctuary city. McClure has been active with a number of social justice organizations including Stand as One, Faith in Action, Shut Down Etowah, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Adelante, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, Indivisible Birmingham, and Arise.    McClure understands the importance of voter engagement, and holds voter registration and voter restoration events across the city.  Throughout her career, McClure has been a voice and advocate for the working poor, the homeless, and the forgotten and marginalized.     Through her personal philosophy of prayer, people, process, protest, policy,  polls and persistence, she helps those who live in the margins to build power and possibilities for a better life.

Cara McClure, Candidate for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 1

 The youngest of six siblings and the mother of one terrific son, Cara McClure was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the great community of Powderly. 

McClure’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured early by her parents and family. While in elementary school, she worked for the family’s cleaning service, where she made cold calls to apartment complexes and small businesses.  She also sold candy door-to-door and in school and also ran bus trips to Point Mallard without any adult support.

This early exposure to business shaped McClure and she sought out opportunities for personal development, learning marketing and recruiting. Eventually she moved into network marketing, building a team of more than 2000 brand new entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada.

McClure is a proponent of finding solutions to difficult circumstances. After spending time homeless following a marital separation, McClure turned personal hardship into opportunity when she created an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes. 

McClure also supported the immigrant community by writing an open letter to the mayor and city council to make Birmingham a sanctuary city. McClure has been active with a number of social justice organizations including Stand as One, Faith in Action, Shut Down Etowah, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Adelante, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Black Lives Matter, Indivisible Birmingham, and Arise.

McClure understands the importance of voter engagement, and holds voter registration and voter restoration events across the city.  Throughout her career, McClure has been a voice and advocate for the working poor, the homeless, and the forgotten and marginalized. 

Through her personal philosophy of prayer, people, process, protest, policy,  polls and persistence, she helps those who live in the margins to build power and possibilities for a better life.

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