My priorities are simple. I plan to pursue an agenda that focuses on helping Californians reach their full potential by creating more good paying jobs, growing the middle class, advancing more progressive environmental protection policies, investing in our infrastructure and education, defending Medicare and Social Security, and ensuring equal pay for equal work for all Americans.
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
I am running for Congress to get things done in Washington. We need more common sense and fewer political stalemates. During my tenure as Mayor of the City of Santa Barbara, I have focused on working with a politically diverse City Council to find common ground on policies affecting our entire community, while steadfastly defending my core values of economic opportunity, environmental protection and prudent financial stewardship. As Santa Barbara's Mayor and an active member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, I have worked in a non-partisan capacity on local and national issues with Mayors from every corner of the country. This experience and ability to work with others of different backgrounds gives me the tools necessary to be a coalition-builder in Washington in order to tackle some of our nation's most pressing challenges.