I am running because we are in a time of crisis for our environment, our families, and our democracy.
We are also in a time of opportunity with the potential for a stronger, more sustainable economy with better community relationships.
The climate crisis is destroying our homes, crops, and the air we breathe. We must set policies and create incentives to change this trajectory as well as improve our responses to the resulting disasters.
Leading wildfire recovery efforts in the City of Talent earlier this year, I came face-to-face with people whose homes and livelihoods had been destroyed. I provided tangible results for those families, including farmworkers and seniors living on fixed incomes, and successfully pushed federal agencies to do more, securing millions of dollars in aid and housing.
Our social safety net has been systematically eroded over the past few decades, making it even more difficult to rebound from the COVID economy. People are struggling with both a health pandemic and an inequity pandemic. We need a responsive government that provides critical physical AND social infrastructure.
That’s why we need to invest in affordable housing, healthcare, homecare, childcare, special and early childhood education, debt-free community college and trade programs (so unions aren’t left carrying that load), and a person’s right to choose.
From voting rights to meaningful campaign finance reform to ending partisan gerrymandering, we must tackle issues that undermine public trust. We must ensure all voters from across divides can be heard and easily participate in our democratic process.
Our current representative has proved he’s not willing to stand up for Democratic values.
Solutions to our challenges will not come from profiting from our pain. That’s why, in any election or office I’ve held, I’ve never taken money from Big Pharma or fossil fuel PACs. We need leaders who vote in the interest of those they represent and won’t obstruct impactful legislation or propose fake alternatives for their corporate PAC donors.
I often say I don’t believe in spending public money, I believe in investing it. Investing in addressing the needs of working families, addressing the climate crisis, and protecting our democracy is how we invest in our future and in future generations. As a wealthy nation, our fundamental decency is rightfully questioned when we leave this undone and leave people behind.