My Compass North

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

How the support of my family has been my guide to dedicating myself to my community.

Hello and welcome! My name is Moriah Medina and I am currently running for the office of Superior Court Clerk of Floyd County. I am looking forward to meeting more members of our community and hope to gain your support in the months leading up to the November election.

Looking back, I realize that this journey started just over 5 years ago. On Saturday, February 7, 2015 to be exact. At that point in my adult life I still felt as if I was aimlessly wondering through life, struggling to make a plan for what I truly wanted to dedicate myself to. It was on that seemingly normal Saturday that my husband, Hai, and I would get the news that would completely change the direction of our entire lives. I was four weeks pregnant. Suddenly, I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I had to set the example for what it means to be a good person and a good citizen. I had to get involved with the community, volunteer my time for worthy causes, and really dig in and invest in Floyd County because this was no longer just the place that I lived, it was the place I was going to raise my child. On October 9, 2015 we welcomed our daughter, Penelope Medina, into the world and from that moment on, she has become my compass north, leading me in the right direction.

I think anyone that really knows me would agree that I didn’t just become more active in my community. I dove in, full force, and never looked back. I became involved with the Rome/Floyd Chamber, volunteering as an Ambassador to help other small businesses find resources to help them grow and get connected. I served on the Expo Committee (Chairing the committee in 2018), the Small Business Action Council, and am a graduate of the 2016/2017 Leadership Rome class (The best class ever!).

I also started dedicating time working with local charities and non profits. From the Hospitality House’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, I wanted to be as involved as I could. I joined planning committees, hosted and organized blood drives, and partnered with other community leaders to plan some amazing events that could benefit Floyd County.

During this time, I was able to establish a set of skills that would help me become successful. I developed a detailed organizing system to help keep track of all of my different projects and keep me on task and also strengthened my expertise in communication and customer service. I was working toward a rewarding career and thought that I had finally found my true calling, but, as well all know, life has a way of quickly changing direction when you least expect it!

Early in 2019, Penelope started to struggle in day care. We tried multiple options until it became very clear that something just wasn’t right. Eventually, we made the decision that I would step back from work to care for her full-time until we could get her settled. We soon got a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and now, with that knowledge, we have been able to get her the resources she needs so she can start pre-k this fall!

At first, it was very stressful giving up my career. Though I have been eternally grateful everyday to spend more time with my family, I have struggled to give up something I had worked so hard for. Little did I know that Penelope was once again leading me in the right direction because when I was asked if I would consider running for a political office it felt like fate. For years I had been thinking about one day running for office but with a family and a busy work schedule I knew that I would never have the time to dedicate to running a campaign. Now, with Penelope as my sidekick, I am so excited to take the next jump into service for Rome and Floyd County.

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