A LIFETIME OF SERVICE
Raised by a police officer and a federal agent, the importance of service was instilled in Kimberly from a young age. Before she even knew what social workers did, she knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping those who struggle. She volunteered at shelters and ran community service projects helping the homeless, with a particular focus on homeless children and families. She still runs regular food drives in addition to serving for two years as President of the Democratic Women of Cumberland County and then being elected Second Vice-Chair of the Democratic Women of North Carolina (on leave during the 2022 Democratic primary).
A THRIVING CAREER
Dr. Hardy's passion for helping others led her to obtain degrees in social work from Morgan State and the Ohio State University (where she pledged Sigma Gamma Rho). Most recently Dr. Hardy's been giving back through Cumberland's own Sweet Tea Shakespeare.
As a school social worker, she saw the difference that one person can make in the lives of children and their families. She also saw first-hand that everyone needs safe communities with opportunities to learn, build businesses, and thrive. To better advocate for families and neglected communities, she earned her PhD in Social Work from Morgan State. Dr. Hardy is a renowned expert on the role of religion and spirituality in social work and in creating stronger, healthier communities. She now teaches the next generation of social workers at Fayetteville State University.
A Brighter Tomorrow - For All
Everyone needs certain things to live a good life: a safe place to live; quality and affordable health care; high-quality schools; clean water. Many people get elected with big promises, but get to Raleigh and spend more time worrying about getting re-elected than serving the people they represent. It's time for a change.
As a social worker, I have a responsibility to make sure everyone can thrive, that everyone's God-given dignity is protected, and to build a better community for all. I stand with Governor Cooper for our people, for our jobs, for our schools, and for our health & safety. We need to protect everyone's right to vote, pass independent re-districting, rebuild our schools and roads, clean our water, fight poverty, improve and expand our rail and our local solar power production, provide a nurse in every public school, establish universal pre-K, and expand Medicaid to provide health care to over 500,000 North Carolinians. I will protect everyone's civil and reproductive rights.