I am a native of Winston-Salem and a passionate servant of the community. I have served as Council Member for the North Ward of Winston-Salem since 2009, and currently serve as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and the Community Development, Housing, and General Government Committee. My desire to impact the quality of life for all people is the fire that drives me. I also served on the board of many local and state organizations including: NC League of Municipalities, Arts Council, First Tee of the Triad, Forsyth County Community Garden Extension.


In her role as City Council Member DD has:


  • Secured jobs for the beautification/development of city green spaces, walking paths & community gardens

  • Spearheaded efforts to raise city worker pay to more competitive rates

  • Championed city infrastructure investment, such as renovation of Benton Convention Center

  • Advocated for healthy foods in city food deserts

  • Supported pro-LGBTQ rights for city employees who have same-sex marriages/domestic partnerships to be allowed to include their partners/children as dependents as it relates to retirement and health care benefits

  • Led the environmental hydroponic/aquaponic facility project in the Kimberly Park neighborhood

DD is also a graduate of several leadership organizations in the community and state such as: Leadership North Carolina, Institute of Political Leadership of North Carolina and Leadership Winston-Salem. She received a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Morgan State University and is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.


Equality Meets Opportunity

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem. As a native, I know that our city is rich in a unique and diverse history. Food security and affordable housing are important. Family is important. Economic growth and security are important. Healthcare and education are important. Small businesses are important.

With almost 40 years in manufacturing and management and ten years on the city council, I know how to work well with all people for the common good. I’m about creating lasting, meaningful results.

I also have REAL WORLD experience. I’ve worked hard, been downsized, been laid off, been underpaid, lost my health insurance, been a Teamster, faced inequality—and that makes me an even better representative for families in our City.