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In the second episode of the Emerge Alabama Voices of Progress series, we hear from Amy Wasyluka, running for Alabama State Senate District 2, Lindsey Deckard, running for State Senate District 16 and Dr. Stacie Propst, Executive Director of Emerge Alabama.  These are women who have committed to a vision of the future that is more just, equitable and inclusive. These women see governance as a way to serve and to shape a better Alabama, in which citizens are educated and valued, offered opportunities for economic and community empowerment, in which well-being is not a dream but is a premise of leadership. 

  AMY WASYLUKA    I am running for Alabama State Senate District 2.    I am a half-deaf childhood cancer survivor appellate attorney from Madison, Alabama. I am married to Tim Wasyluka Jr., who is currently a JAG with the Alabama Army National Guard and who also works as a civilian contract attorney. We have a 3-year old daughter named Ruth Grace. I am also the adopted daughter of two life-long public school educators.    I earned my undergraduate degree at Auburn University where I developed a lifelong desire to serve my community which led me to go on to study law at the University Of Alabama School Of Law.    After graduating law school, I have worked in a variety of legal areas including family law, bankruptcy, civil litigation and appeals. My work as an attorney has given me the ability to serve the people of my community, has taught me how to work with parties on all sides of an issue, and has taught me that the quick and easy answer is very rarely the correct one. It also taught me the value of confronting the reality you have rather than the one you would like to have.    Too often we have seen elected officials who view politics not as a way to serve their communities, but as a team sport where political points matter more than the needs of their constituents.  Alabama deserves politicians who are willing to use commonsense to confront the realities and challenges before us. My background as an attorney a childhood cancer survivor and a mother gives me insights into many of the kitchen table issues so many Alabamians face and allows me to advocate for the needs of District 2 from a position of cooperation and compassion.       To learn more about my campaign you can visit my website at:  www.wasylukaforsenate.com . You can also check us out on social media at: @wasyluka4senate    

AMY WASYLUKA

I am running for Alabama State Senate District 2.

I am a half-deaf childhood cancer survivor appellate attorney from Madison, Alabama. I am married to Tim Wasyluka Jr., who is currently a JAG with the Alabama Army National Guard and who also works as a civilian contract attorney. We have a 3-year old daughter named Ruth Grace. I am also the adopted daughter of two life-long public school educators.

I earned my undergraduate degree at Auburn University where I developed a lifelong desire to serve my community which led me to go on to study law at the University Of Alabama School Of Law.

After graduating law school, I have worked in a variety of legal areas including family law, bankruptcy, civil litigation and appeals. My work as an attorney has given me the ability to serve the people of my community, has taught me how to work with parties on all sides of an issue, and has taught me that the quick and easy answer is very rarely the correct one. It also taught me the value of confronting the reality you have rather than the one you would like to have.

Too often we have seen elected officials who view politics not as a way to serve their communities, but as a team sport where political points matter more than the needs of their constituents.  Alabama deserves politicians who are willing to use commonsense to confront the realities and challenges before us. My background as an attorney a childhood cancer survivor and a mother gives me insights into many of the kitchen table issues so many Alabamians face and allows me to advocate for the needs of District 2 from a position of cooperation and compassion.  

To learn more about my campaign you can visit my website at: www.wasylukaforsenate.com. You can also check us out on social media at: @wasyluka4senate

 

  LINDSEY DECKARD    Running for    Alabama Senate District 16    Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, I’m the first of ten children.  We moved a lot when I was young; every step up the career ladder for my dad required our family to move to a new town, and often a new state.  While moving was a lot of work for my mom, we kids loved the adventure of being in new places and meeting new people.     Married in 1976, I am the proud mother of two beautiful people.  My daughter Elizabeth is a successful certified financial planner and my son Zackary is a plumber and a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served two tours of duty in the Iraq war.      I’ve lived in Alabama for 34 years; I moved here in 1984 because of a great job opportunity and have remained here because of work and good friends, and because I’ve become warmly attached to the beautiful State of Alabama.    I attended the University of South Florida and earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1984.  I chose microbiology because it was complex and interesting and the course-work offered the kind of training that would lead to a good job and a career that could support my family.    My first professional job was with Southern Research Institute; I worked as a scientist and program manager at both SRI and UAB for 30 years.  Early in my career, it was my great privilege to work as a government contractor for the U.S. military; in later years my work focused on bio-medical research.  I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to make a number of contributions in the areas of national defense, environmental research and biomedical research.      Early on as a scientist I became proficient in running a business.  Most people don’t recognize that science is a business, but it is very much an entrepreneurial venture.  In order to be successful, a scientist not only needs to be skilled in producing a desirable scientific work-product, they must also be skilled in sales and marketing and in developing business proposals with ideas that will generate knowledge and that can solve various problems. And as with any business, scientists are as accountable to their clients as any other viable business in the marketplace.     

LINDSEY DECKARD

Running for Alabama Senate District 16

Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, I’m the first of ten children.  We moved a lot when I was young; every step up the career ladder for my dad required our family to move to a new town, and often a new state.  While moving was a lot of work for my mom, we kids loved the adventure of being in new places and meeting new people.

 Married in 1976, I am the proud mother of two beautiful people.  My daughter Elizabeth is a successful certified financial planner and my son Zackary is a plumber and a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served two tours of duty in the Iraq war. 

 I’ve lived in Alabama for 34 years; I moved here in 1984 because of a great job opportunity and have remained here because of work and good friends, and because I’ve become warmly attached to the beautiful State of Alabama.

I attended the University of South Florida and earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1984.  I chose microbiology because it was complex and interesting and the course-work offered the kind of training that would lead to a good job and a career that could support my family.

My first professional job was with Southern Research Institute; I worked as a scientist and program manager at both SRI and UAB for 30 years.  Early in my career, it was my great privilege to work as a government contractor for the U.S. military; in later years my work focused on bio-medical research.  I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to make a number of contributions in the areas of national defense, environmental research and biomedical research. 

Early on as a scientist I became proficient in running a business.  Most people don’t recognize that science is a business, but it is very much an entrepreneurial venture.  In order to be successful, a scientist not only needs to be skilled in producing a desirable scientific work-product, they must also be skilled in sales and marketing and in developing business proposals with ideas that will generate knowledge and that can solve various problems. And as with any business, scientists are as accountable to their clients as any other viable business in the marketplace.

 

 DR. STACIE PROPST  An Alabama native, Dr. Stacie Propst is founding director of Emerge Alabama. The Emerge program inspires women to run for office and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women serving in public office in Alabama. Her professional experience includes government relations, issue advocacy, nonprofit executive management, higher education, career development, and medical research. Dr. Propst graduated from New College at the University of Alabama and received her doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research areas focused on cancer and lung inflammation.  Contact Stacie: stacie@emergeal.com

DR. STACIE PROPST

An Alabama native, Dr. Stacie Propst is founding director of Emerge Alabama. The Emerge program inspires women to run for office and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women serving in public office in Alabama.
Her professional experience includes government relations, issue advocacy,
nonprofit executive management, higher education, career development, and medical research.
Dr. Propst graduated from New College at the University of Alabama and received her doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research areas focused on cancer and lung inflammation.

Contact Stacie: stacie@emergeal.com