Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Our country faces enormous challenges.
We need economic policies that reward work, that make family-wage jobs possible in every corner of the country -- especially our beautiful little corner of paradise. We need a health care policy, an immigration policy, an education policy, a veterans' policy, a trade policy, and a tax policy that brings people together, builds the great American middle class, and looks to the future.
All across Idaho, I meet families that worry for their kids' futures. Will they get the education they need to achieve the American Dream? Will there be jobs here in Idaho that make it possible to raise a family? And will our government reward and respect our way of life?
We have a Congressman that just doesn't get it. He thinks he's in Congress to play politics, to score political points, to engage in ideological warfare. Congress is mired in partisan bickering and extreme ideology designed to divide Americans and ensure that the special interests maintain their stranglehold on our democracy. Our Congressman, Raul Labrador, is part of the problem.
I'm often asked why I want to be "in politics". Well, I'm not a politician. I'm a teacher and a public servant. I've spent fourteen years in the Idaho Legislature. As a Democrat, we've never had the votes to run the place. Instead, Idahoans have always known that they could count on me to tell the hard truths, be unafraid of political blowback, and work hard to bring people together around common goals.
In our history, we've been blessed by so many individuals who have made sacrifices for the good of our nation and our people. That often means finding common ground and compromise in order to resolve tough issues. But too many members of Congress -- Congressman Raul Labrador among them -- are too often unwilling to consider the merits of ideas on the other side. Their only idea of "sacrifice" is to pile on to those Americans who are already struggling.
I'm asking you to invest in me and my campaign. We've got a long road ahead of us. But if you're willing invest your time, your treasure, and your talents, I'll make you this promise: I'll work as hard as I can to reach voters in every corner of Idaho's First District and convince them that the time has come for new leadership
Together, we can bring Raul Labrador back home to Idaho and end the gravy train for the corporate special interests. With your help, we can give Idaho new leadership that puts Idaho's working families first.