Barney E. Spann
Barney E. Spann
I met Jennifer Carroll in 1996 during her later years in the Navy and we were both going through a local leadership program. Our families became close and we have remained friends since. Days after we met she stated her intention to retire from the military and seek political office as she felt a need to assist people and she wanted me to run her campaign. Didn't take it seriously at the time, but soon I came to know the character of the person that made that statement. She always does what she says she's going to do.
During the time that we were campaigning, many times it was part of my role to get her out of long personal discussions with many of the constituents who wanted to speak to her about their situations. She always made sure there was appropriate follow up with the person that she was speaking with because she cared personally about their situation. Even though not in office yet she was still seeking to help the individual due to her caring spirit. Many times I would get a late night call about the person I thought she had forgotten seeking follow up so they could be provided assistance. Her caring spirit is what has guided her throughout her life and career.
During her years as a House Representative and Department of Veteran Affairs head, there are countless times when she has taken the time to aid not only her constituents, but anyone no matter the district or political affiliation. From assisting personally with technical help with Veterans living situations to bringing forth legislation to sponsor funding for sickle cell through personalized license plating, Jennifer always had her hand in it to ensure that people were properly taken care of.
Jennifer is truly a smart and gifted lady that cares about people. She always has and I thank God that we crossed paths and have remained friends throughout. I am certain that her next endeavor will be people centered as well.......YOU GO GIRL!!