Trish White Boyd will announce her candidacy for the nomination for the House of Delegates to represent the 11th District of the city of Roanoke on Saturday, November 16 at 5:30 pm at The Avenue on the corner of Melrose and Lafayette. Boyd is appreciative of the service that Onzlee Ware provided the 11th District and the Commonwealth. Boyd stated, “as the owner of a home health care agency for the past 10 years, I respect Mr. Ware’s decision to devote his attention to his mother at a time when she needs him most.”
Many people know Trish from her service to the democratic party over the years. She was awarded the “grassroots organizer” for the 6th Congressional District for 2012 in recognition of her work as a community activist and organizer. Her compassion for people and desire to make a difference propel her to seek this position. Boyd said ” I agree with Mr. Ware, that to be effective in the House, one must be able to build coalitions. I know that I can do that. In fact, that is what being a grassroot organizer is all about; building relationships. As your delegate I will bring the same tenacity to serving you. “
A resident in Roanoke since 1984, Trish is married to Colbert L. Boyd. They have seven adult children in their blended family. She is an active member of Garden of prayer #7, Vision of Faith Ministries.
Trish White-Boyd is a graduate of Averett University in Business Administration and was born and raised in Chipley, Florida. The daughter of Laris White, a veteran who sacrificed his life in the Vietnam War, Trish was able to complete college with assistance from the GI Bill and support and encouragement from her mother Ola Mae White.
Boyd moved to Roanoke in 1984 and has served as PTA President at William Ruffner Middle School for 3 consecutive years. She says that her interest in community service led her to become an active member of the Roanoke Valley Democratic Women and a community activist and organizer. She serves as the 4th Vice President for Roanoke Valley Democratic Women in charge of ways and means. Her work as a community activist and organizer for the past 10 years has been recognized at the state level; she was awarded the “grassroots organizer” for the 6th Congressional District in 2012. Boyd was also elected by her peers to be a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Boyd worked for the Department of Social Services in the Division of Child Support Enforcement for 18 years. Currently she is the owner and administrator of Griswold Home Care Office of Roanoke- New River Valley where she serves senior citizens and persons with disabling conditions. Her office received the Presidents Club award in 2011 for excellent service. She says her commitment to quality care led her to become a Certified Senior Advisor.
Boyd says she has led countless voter registration drives. Community canvassing has introduced her to people from all walks of life. She has joined forces with the NAACP to co-sponsor workshops on the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. She also developed workshops to educate the community on how not to become a victim of predatory lending, such as payday loans and car title loans. Boyd says she actively worked and urged for the passage of immigration reform. She also participated in the Marches against Monsanto, a company that produces genetically engineered foods and harmful chemical weed killers that are in more than 70% of the processed foods we eat and feed our families.
As the eldest of eight, Trish learned early how to compromise and work cooperatively with others. She says she leads by empowering others. She welcomes opportunities to mentor and encourage youth. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Trish works to empower young African American women ages 14-18 through one of Delta’s educational programs called GEMS and she currently serves as Delta’s chair of the Social Action Committee.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2012, election 2013, house_of_delegates