My name is Annette Hyde. I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and yoga teacher who lives in Madison County, Virginia. My husband is a descendant of one of the county's oldest families. I also have a family connection to Virginia. My ancestor, Cornelius Cooper, who served as a supplier for North Carolina in the Revolutionary War, was born in Virginia in 1730.
I was born in Fort Worth, Texas. I grew up in suburban Dallas with my electrical engineer dad, special education teacher mom and my younger brother, Bill. I was active with the band and the school newspaper at my high school. I graduated tenth in my senior class of over 400 students. I received my BA in Communications/Journalism (Public Relations) with honors from the University of Texas at Arlington.
I first married at age 19 in 1978. I went to college part time and worked at Dallas area banks full time. I gave birth to my first son, Doug, in 1985. My marriage ended a year later. I became a single mother with a year old baby. Fortunately, my parents insisted I move in with them, so I had a support system and could save money.
I met my present husband at a church singles group in March 1987. We married that October, and we will celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. In 1990, we moved from Texas to Chantilly, Virginia (Fairfax County) because my husband's work brought us there. Our son, Joel, was born in 1992. I became a stay at home mom.
In 1995, I took training to become a group fitness instructor and was certified. It was a great way to stay fit, meet people, have time for myself and earn some extra cash. I discovered yoga in 1999, and became a teacher in 2001. I teach yoga now at Powell Wellness Center and Pranapiloga yoga studio in Culpeper, Virginia.
In 2013, we purchased our home and property in Madison. In September, 2016, we moved there permanently. The last thing I ever thought about was running for office...until November 9, 2016. The divisive and ugly presidential campaign and, especially, the result changed me forever.
It's time common sense prevailed in the House of Delegates instead of rigid ideology. If I want change to happen, then I need to be that change. That's why I'm seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat in the 30th District. This district covers southern Culpeper County, Madison and Orange Counties.
I'm running for office because I care.
I care about voters choosing their representatives, not politicians choosing their voters. I care about women being able to choose what they can or can't do with their bodies. I care about health care being a right instead of a luxury. I care about rural communities getting broadband Internet access and better cell phone reception. I care about public school money not being used for private school vouchers. I care about the poor, disabled, elderly, women and children and what tax breaks to the wealthy will do to them.
I have my positions, but it is your issues and your insights that will propel this election. I live in a heavily Republican district. If you want me to represent you, the people, in the 30th District, I will need all your support. I'm running for office because I truly care about you.
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That’s a pretty blunt statement, but that’s what the Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates told over 460,000 people when they once again voted against Medicaid expansion on April 5.
What's really been fun about this experience so far has been meeting and talking with Democratic voters and public officials.
Talk about stepping out of my comfort zone...This is a whole new experience creating a website. I'm struggling with the huge amount of things to learn for doing it, but here we are!
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