Crystal L. Lauderdale
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Bio: Crystal L. Lauderdale is Patch's Associate Editorial Director for the Southeast, leading local coverage teams in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. She's passionate about community news and conversation and loves helping to connect neighbors through Patch!
Crystal's home community is covered by Seminole Heights Patch in Tampa, Florida where she lives, shops, eats and works when she isn't traveling or attending class as a University of Florida MBA candidate.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I am registered as an Independent and consider myself moderate on most issues. I like to assess issues and candidates on a case-by-case basis.
How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I was raised Mormon, most of my family is Baptist, and my husband is Catholic. I don't attend church regularly, but I do try to emulate the values I was taught growing up, and I actively try to read about, learn about and understand religion, spirituality and faith. I deeply respect our nation's history of religious tolerance and enjoy the conversation and diversity of ideas it allows.