I believe we need a state government that gets the basics right without abandoning our most vulnerable to do so. We need smart, honest, open government that focuses on our strengths and uses common sense to solve the challenges we face.
We must first, however, disassemble the old, rusted, industrial-era political machinery and retool for a new age of cleaner, simpler, more efficient government. To achieve this:
* I will continue to nurture a sense of common purpose between state and local government. Where we can consolidate, we should. Where we can build alliances we must. Where we can run smarter, we should do so.
* I will continue to work on matters of social justice and to uphold civil rights, including marriage equality.
* I will also continue to be your advocate in state government and act as a clearinghouse for citizens in search of solutions, working to connect them with state resources and officials that can best resolve their issues.
* I believe in bringing the government to the people rather than staying behind closed doors, and will continue to spend time in the communities I serve to gain a sense of issues they face.