“I want to bring attention to rural Alabama. Focus on the neglected parts of the state that are drying up. Make sure the federal funds are properly allocated and that no one is left out.”–Lisa Ward
I first became aware of the remarkable Lisa Ward just about two-years ago. I was struck by how smart she is, Lisa is also very resourceful,affable, and honest. She will always give you a straight answer. I like to say Lisa Ward is Obama smart. So when Lisa agreed to sit down and do this interview I was over the moon. Lisa works 17 hours a day, seven days a week; she really is all in for Alabama.
Lisa Ward thank you.
Q.) What is your ambition after the November election should you win this race for state senate?
A.) To bring attention to rural Alabama. Focus on the neglected parts of the state that are drying up. Make sure federal funds are properly allocated and that no one is left out.
Q.) If President Biden asked you how he could help Alabama right now, what would you tell him?
A.) Put prisons under investigation and do an outside audit on the secretary of state’s office. Check the ballots, election results and campaign finances.
Q.) What is the best investment you’ve ever made?
A.) My children. I made many sacrifices to ensure they were happy, healthy and successful. I spent more time than normal instilling values that could be paid forward. That was important to me. I was charged with their lives, and I didn’t take it lightly.
Q.) What do you hope for?
A.) Real equity not just superficial words. Healing between the races, respect and decency restored in Alabama and for the Trumpism to be gone. To work towards restoring that trust in legislators so voters can have honest communication with their representatives.
Q.) Who were your heroes in high school?
A.) I didn’t have any heroes, but I admired and followed Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and actions.
Q.) What’s your favorite quote?
A.) An African proverb:
If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
Q.) What is your memory of Viola Liuzzo?
A.) She died on my sister’s birthday. It was mentioned growing up what a strong fighter she was. Unafraid not much more than that.
Q.) Vice President Kamala Harris has said,
“If you’re a woman, your life is political whether you like it or not.”
How so, from your perspective?
A.) Living in Alabama and being employed around mostly men, they received higher pay and better promotions. Often I was asked to do work behind closed doors and not get the credit, but asked to order lunch and make coffee when men needed service. Laws are made for women and about women without women. For far too long, men have been making oppressed laws for women and as the majority of the population, it is important we have a seat at the table to diversity and respect for our gender.
Q.) Who is your favorite poet?
A. Maya Angelou and my father.
Q.) When did you step into the political arena?
A.) I was asked by Congressman Pete Visclosky in Indiana to intern. He taught me to always be true to myself and I would be true to others. I carried that through my life. I’ve always advocated for causes. Volunteered in hospitals and nursing homes. Took my ministry to the streets, called, wrote and protested for the least of these among us. In 1998 I was city councilwoman and in 2000’s I was commissioner for planning and zoning. I’ve worked on campaigns for Jon Jester, Jamie Harrison, Andy Beshar, Jon Ossoff, Rapheal Warnock, Doug Jones, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
Q.) When did you first read Anne Frank’s Diary of A Young Girl?
A.) 1975. 9-years old…kid’s version.
Q.) What’s your greatest accomplishment?
A.) I don’t know.
I don’t think about it much or keep score. I just try to do as much good each day that I can, knowing I can’t get that day back.
Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in Montgomery with anything on it, what would it say?
A.) Dear Alabama, why don’t you believe you deserve better than this? Who is Gerald Allen?
Q.) Has Gerald Allen yet agreed to debate you?
A.) No one has responded to the letter yet.
Q.) We weeks away from November 8th what do you need to get the most traction in these last few weeks to win this race?
A.) Money to pay for radio and a third ad to reach the black belt that doesn’t have broadband and are elderly. We’ve tried to reach them all, but running short on time.
Q.) Have you received financial support from Democrats out of state?
A.) All 50 states we have received small donor contributions from individuals. None from state or national party. However, the Chairman, Jamie Harrison of the DNC did send me $25.00 personally.
Q.) So if Maya Angelou is your favorite poet, what is your favorite quote by Maya Angelou?
A.) “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Thank You-Lisa and all best wishes in November.
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