One of the many reasons why I love being a Zeta is because we have so many fearless, finer and community engaged Sorors within our ranks. Soror Alicia Joynes is truly an example for others to follow – her zest and zeal for keeping Baltimore residents “informed, involved and empowered” is inspiring and we’re so proud of the amazing campaign she ran for Baltimore City Council (District 3).
Read Alicia’s story below and we hope that she’ll inspire you to get engaged and consider the possibility of running for elected office yourself. Enjoy!
Finer Women Rising: When and where did you become a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.?
Soror Alicia Joynes: I became a member through the Chi Beta Zeta Chapter in Spring 2010. My mom was initiated in Spring 1981 at Delaware State University.
Finer Women Rising: What is your profession?
Soror Alicia Joynes: I’m the Partnership Manager for Family League of Baltimore.
Finer Women Rising: What office did you initially seek and what inspired you to run?
Soror Alicia Joynes: In 2014, I ran for the Democratic State Central Committee. This body is the backbone of the MD Democratic Party whose sole purpose is to advance the party’s principles and help elect Democrats to public office, by registering voters, staffing events, working polls and raising funds for the party. I ran for Central Committee because I wanted to be more involved in the political process and understand the political landscape from the ground up.
Finer Women Rising: Looking back, what would you have done differently in your previous campaign?
Soror Alicia Joynes: Before my first campaign, I didn’t have any formal training in running a campaign so I invested in myself by applying for Emerge. Emerge is a training program for Democratic women seeking to run for public office. The lessons that I learned and relationships that I built have equipped me with the confidence and wisdom that I need to be a better candidate and run a stronger campaign.
Finer Women Rising: What office are you seeking in 2016?
Soror Alicia Joynes: In 2016, I am seeking the office of Baltimore City Council, District 3. My motivation to run was the disconnect I observed as a community leader between current leadership and the community. I believe that everyone’s voice should be heard at the table in efforts to provide direction for our youth, protect seniors and make Baltimore a safer and more vibrant place to live. By keeping residents, “informed, involved and empowered” surrounding community issues we make better neighbors and better neighbors strengthen neighborhoods making Baltimore an overall better place to live.
Finer Women Rising: What advice would you give to Zeta women who aspire to run for political office? Anything you might have done differently from your first campaign?
Soror Alicia Joynes: My 1st piece of advice would be to believe in yourself, no matter what! My 2nd piece of advice would be do your research to know exactly what is required of you and the sacrifices you will need to make. Running for office is more than a full time job. If you’re currently employed does your employment grant you any flexibility? What about your family? Would running for office put undue stress on them and limit your time with them to unacceptable levels? My 3rd piece of advice would be to Run Like A Girl – Confidence is key!
Finer Women Rising: Soror Joynes, thank you so much for your time and we wish you all the best in campaign – we know your political future is bright!