#CandidateStories: Thoughts on being a woman of color, running for Pittsfield City Council
Updated: Apr 19, 2019
Running for an elected position as a woman - especially as a woman of color, I constantly feel like I have to prove myself - my experiences, my intelligence, my hard work ethics, etc. "What does a barista know about running the city of Pittsfield?" one resident asks.
At the same time, I also find myself saying "I think..." or "I'm sorry to bother you..." and even downplaying my accomplishments, because I don't want to come off as arrogant, boastful, too strong, or take up too much space. I'm constantly struggling to balance between being too much or not enough.
But, I don't want to play into racial stereotypes, and societal check boxes of gender identity. And I have to realize that as a candidate, I may never be able to convince some residents, simply because of the color of my skin, and how I identify.
To that end, regardless of all the haters out on the interwebs, I will be proud of who I am and where I have come from. I will say confidently that I am smart, hard-working and compassionate. And, I will not be afraid to stand up for what I believe to be good and right, even at the risk of losing an election. Because this is who I am, and I know that I am good enough.