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Rosalind for President

By TONYA S. GRACE | NEW ERA STAFF WRITER 9 hrs ago 0

Rosalind Quarles Greene

Forget making America great again, or for that matter, any other slogan.

Hopkinsville native Rosalind Quarles Greene wants to unite the country, heal the hurts and the divisiveness and meet the needs of the citizens head-on.

“I want to be the president that’s going to work with the American people,” said Greene, a former Hopkinsville resident, a nurse and military veteran who’s campaigning for the nation’s top office.

Greene, who grew up in Hopkinsville but moved away in 1992, has already launched a website — rosalindgreene.com — and released a press announcement of her intentions to run for president in 2020. In the next two to three years, she plans to travel to all 50 states meeting with people and learning about their needs.

“I need for them to be able to trust I’m going to be working for them,” said Greene, a Democrat, explaining that it’s important for her to get to know the American people and to find out what problems are in each state.

That will take time, she said, noting that it will be no rush job. The tour will include her hometown of Hopkinsville and other parts of Kentucky, and after all her visits, Greene, who now lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, says she plans to assemble a task force and look at all the issues mentioned by people.

She’s never held an office before but is not without political experience. Greene, the daughter of the late Dorothy Ann Quarles, began helping with campaigns during her teen years and has attended three or four national conventions.

After she got out of the military, there was a time when she wanted to be a U.S. congresswoman. She enrolled in a public policy doctoral program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Her mother died. She was going through a divorce and working two jobs.

She was raising her children, and it was just not the right time to run for office.

Greene considered a run when Hilary Clinton was vying for the presidency.

“I said, ‘No, I am not going to run against her,’” she recalled.

But her children are independent now, married and doing well, and it’s time.

“I’m at a time when I can devote my time so I said, ‘This is the time. I’m going to do it,’” Greene recounted during a recent telephone interview.

She grew up in Hopkinsville and was one of 10 children of Dorothy Quarles.

Greene said she always knew she wanted to be in the medical field and take care of people. She worked for a while at Jennie Stuart Medical Center, attended Hopkinsville Community College, got her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and was recruited to join the Army’s nurse corps.

She was stationed in Virginia, and after completing her four-year commission with the Army, spent another four years in the Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. She now works as a nurse in Washington, D.C.

Greene’s mother, who lived in Hopkinsville, encouraged her daughter to explore the world and seek opportunities, the younger woman said.

Greene notes that Dorothy Quarles was the only one in her life who raised and encouraged her.

“I want you to change the world,” Greene says now, recalling the advice that her mother gave her.

Of the issues, Greene notes that healthcare, given her almost 30 years in the business, is of concern to her.

And then there’s her hopes for a quality education for everyone, especially when it comes to college.

She also mentions the need for jobs that will pay a decent wage as well as concerns about the country’s justice system and climate change.

But Greene says she doesn’t just want to throw her policies out to people; she wants to talk with them firsthand and find out what their needs are.

“That’s why I need to get out there on the ground,” Greene says. “I love to get out there and knock on doors. I love helping people.”

She noted that those who run for office need to have respect for people.

The last election was one of the worst she’s seen since she was old enough to campaign, Greene said.

It was divisive, and there was name-calling, she said, noting that it bothered her so much. Greene says voters shouldn’t be taken for granted; folks are going to vote for someone who can do something for them, she said.

“I just want people to let me get to know them and for them to get to know me,” Greene said. “They’ve been hearing enough lies, enough promises.

“This is me,” she adds.

Greene said she is getting a committee together now to work on her campaign and will begin her travels this fall.

A schedule of her tours isn’t available now but will be on her website later.

REACH TONYA S. GRACE at 270-887-3240 or attgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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