PRESTON — During a special town election on March 3, Preston residents elected their first African American female commissioner. Winston won the race 33 votes to 14.

"I think having a presence on the Commission will spark some connectivity and I can be an encouragement to get more residents involved in community care and activities," Winston said. "When I received the call that I had won the election, I was elated and truly humbled by the response of the votes of confidence from the town residents."

Winston is an Eastern Shore native who grew up in Jonestown, near Preston, and is a 1990 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School. She now lives in the town of Preston with her son and owns a small business in town, VanTech Business Solutions, which deals with aiding individuals and other business’ administrative needs. The business has been in town for four years.

Active in the community, Winston serves as vice president of the Preston Elementary Parent Teacher’s Association and president of the Community Club of Preston, as well as belonging to the Preston Historical Society and serving as the director of programs for the Greater New Hope Church and Ministries in Preston.

Joining the other Preston commissioners, Winston hopes to add professionalism, enthusiasm, leadership and diversity. She is experienced in grant writing, managing community projects and has experience with budgets ranging from $500 to $250,000. Winston said she loves the small town community and is committed to serving her town.


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