In a country where party politics and special interests rule, Joy Green says she represents an alternative for east Hillsborough County voters.
Green is running for the District 4 County Commission seat with no party affiliation, asserting that the duties of a commissioner should transcend politics.
“On a county level, we should be working together on a nonpartisan basis,” Green said. “We can do so much more when we work together and not have to answer to a party. It’s about the people.”
A native of Michigan, Green has lived in Hillsborough County for 25 years, currently residing in Valrico with her husband, Dann. The couple have three adult children, Sara, Brett and Troy, and two grandchildren, Kylie and Braden.
Green is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale Law School in Connecticut and has a degree in management and organizational leadership from St. Petersburg College.
The owner of Rise to the Top Tutoring Co., she is an active member of the transdenominational Christian organization, Aglow International. She currently serves as its regional director, overseeing Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
In addition, she has served as chairwoman for the National Day of Prayer in Tampa for 12 years.
Green said she was prompted to run after listening to politicians who were out of touch with the needs of their constituents.
"They are not in touch with the people who are without jobs, education, homes and sometimes don’t have a meal on the table," she said. "We need leaders who empower and inspire others to produce high-quality work, foster innovative ideas and collaborate to create strategic solutions for our communities."
She said she's also fed up with unethical behavior and behind-the-scenes machinations in government.
"The citizens deserve honest, motivated leaders who have one goal in mind – to improve the life of every citizen in our county," she said.
A weekly volunteer at the Trinity Cafe for the homeless in Tampa, Green is concerned with social issues such as human trafficking, homelessness and domestic abuse and other problems affecting women.
As a commissioner, she said job growth would be her top priority. She believes making Hillsborough County more attractive to businesses and industries will help alleviate many of the social problems that come with unemployment and make Hillsborough County a more desirable place to live.
"I want to be in a position of leadership where I can affect change," She said. "I've found that people aren't looking for experienced politicians as much as they are looking for qualified leaders who care."
For more information, visit her website.