By Cheryl Smith, I Messenger Media LLC, publisher / editor
In between attending media interviews, Christie K. Moore recently hit the streets of Mansfield, Texas, sharing her platform and gathering support. Passionate, committed and smart are just a few of the words used to describe the entrepreneur who is a candidate for Mansfield City Council, number 5.
This Texan-born, hoping for her first public election, could make history if she beats incumbent Julie Short, a realtor and grandmother, in the May elections. Making history isn’t what Moore is focused on, though, although she would follow in the footsteps of Michael Evans, who also made history when he was elected to the council in 2020, making him the first African-American mayor.
This victory was significant in a city as it became more diverse. The Council continued to lack diversity. During an interview about her plans if she should be elected, the two-time graduate proudly spoke of the broad support she receives and the positive response to the possibility of a more inclusive and diverse council.
She shared her thoughts on the many elements that make “the little town with a big heart” a great place to live and work, and laid the foundation for why she moved to Mansfield to become CEO and Director of Mansfield Funeral At home.
Not only did Moore get excited and happy when discussing Mansfield, but it could also be a walking advertisement for the town of just under 70,000 as she announced how nestled between two major cities Mansfield is amazing, amazing art council, great chamber of commerce, with amazing Churches and non-profit organizations. “
Mansfield is about 30 miles west of Moore, where Moore was born in Oak Cliff and lived until he moved to go to college. Continue west another 20 miles and you will be in Fort Worth. According to Moore, Mansfield is a great place to raise your children and there are opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper.
To that end, however, Moore said she listened to citizens welcome more diverse advice, especially if you look at the pre-2020 census numbers, which show a population of around (57%) whites (non-Hispanics) ); (17.6%) Black or African American (non-Spanish); (11.8%) White (Spanish), (4.33%) Asian (non-Spanish); and (3.91%) Others (Spanish).
For Moore, “diversity is a strength, not a threat”. She said she enjoyed the opportunity to raise a child in a loving, caring, and giving environment that “embraces our children’s youth.” Living in different parts of the country and working in environments that require collaboration and collaboration with other people from different backgrounds, cultures, etc.
Moore believes that some of her greatest qualities are being a capable communicator and loving “all children of God” and building a strong foundation of trust. She said she recognized that ethnicity cannot simply be viewed as an indicator of diversity. You need to consider other elements as well. like age, gender, orientation, geography if you want to be inclusive and supportive.
“My goal is for every resident to have someone else on the council to ask questions about the city,” she continued, adding that she sometimes walked up to 30,000 steps a day to convey her message of leadership, accountability and inclusion and she says the response has been positive.
“They (citizens) want more diverse leadership, and the council should have people on the council who understand the business.” Businesswoman Demetria Bivens agrees. She loves her home in Mansfield and even opened it up to meet Moore last week. Bivens also expressed her support for Moore, saying she was smart, well prepared and good for the city.
Moore is a graduate of the School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet, one of the best high schools in the country according to the US News and World Report. She studied molecular biology at Hampton University in Virginia.
At a young age, in fact when she was nine, she spoke her truth, which has resulted in a very successful career. As the family mourned the death of their matriarch, young Christie said to her relatives at her grandmother’s funeral that she wanted to do the job she saw when the funeral home workers looked after her grandma. “I saw the love and attention to detail,” she recalled, adding that seeing the staff at work helped her better cope with the loss. “It had a huge impact on me.”
On May 1, 2021, she wants the citizens of Mansfield to consider her nearly 30 years of service, education, community involvement and other qualities when voting in the elections. She said choose her to use her voice, leadership, integrity, education, business acumen and visionary perspective as a member of the seven-member council that will focus on growth, development, diversity and inclusion and show the country what happens when The focus is on these areas.
According to Moore, she worked as a morgue clerk at VA Hospital during her visit to Hampton and took a full scholarship to another historically black college and university (HBCU), Tennessee State University, as a member of a Masters / PhD in the fall of her senior year. Bridging program.
When she completed her Masters of Science (Endocrinology) in August 2002, her research was conducted in the Hypertension Laboratory at Meharry Medical College. She then returned home where, in addition to work, she worked in the Dallas County Crime Division and the Evergreen Funeral Home. She attended and taught at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services.
Moore focused on caring not only for the deceased but also their family members, saying she would run just as she did in her business. It is important to strike a balance across Mansfield. “All parts of the city would have a vote in the town hall.”
After weathering the pandemic and challenges of the recent weather storm that displaced thousands across the state, Moore believed that putting in place programs to help small business emerge would help.
Obviously she has plans and listens to her agenda, no stone left unturned because she had ideas for the young and their growth, and she wants safety in the minds of people, especially the elderly, first when you think of Mansfield.
At 23 years old as an undertaker in numerous fields, her serious concern is to bring a skill to the council: although it is a form of council managerial government, her inclusive and professional leadership will be important as important decisions are made based on consideration become the entire population.
“I approach every situation as if someone were my family,” said the Epsilon Nu Delta Embalming Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Moore, wife and mother, also believes in mentoring and hopes to attract more young people in careers as undertakers, embalmers and directors. She hopes that they too will realize the importance of having a spirit of excellence and knowing that it is important to have “above all, integrity, dignity and respect.”
Candidate Moore will attend a community event on April 24, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lot, in downtown Mansfield. She said she will share her message and encourage voters to vote early, and like many of her family members who hold political office, Moore wants citizens to know she cares and “stand up for it, all of them to serve!”