Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am not a career politician or a political insider. I am a caregiver. I am a wife. I am a mother. Service to others drives me in my personal and professional life. Everything I do is guided by a very basic principle we all learned in kindergarten. If someone makes a mess, clean it up, even if you don’t have to. If there is a problem right in front of you do something.
Shortly after my brother was born, my family learned that he was a person with intellectual disabilities. I became my brother’s keeper. No one ever asked me to step in or step up, taking care of him was my job. Watching how hard he has to work to achieve simple goals taught me compassion and the value of empathy. From being the first varsity cross country runner with disabilities at our high school to earning his certificate in hospitality at Prince George’s Community College, I have been there every step of the way cheering him on and clearing the barriers for him. He inspired me to become a special education teacher that went above and beyond for my students. He inspired me to be a public interest lawyer who went the extra mile for my clients. He inspires me daily to continue to fight for what I believe in and to live a life of service.
Most of us are not responsible for the problems facing our district and our country today. If given the power to set our nation’s priorities most of us wouldn’t support funding endless wars overseas, at the expense of children and seniors here at home. Most of us understand what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck or struggle to maintain access to quality healthcare and education. Most of us are sick and tired of the status quo. Most of us can see that our leaders in Congress have lost touch with real people and real problems. I understand these issues because I have lived them, my family lives them, my neighbors live them. These problems won’t go away by doing what we’ve done in the past. They can only be addressed through the promotion of progressive legislation, strict oversight and removing the corporate money from our politics. I am 100% committed to fighting for us the way we fight to give our families a better life and greater access to opportunity.
I cannot clean this mess up alone. I have the energy and passion to drain the swap but I need your support, your input and your contributions. We can clean up the mess together. I will not be accepting one dime of corporate money because I know we can only solve the problems facing us if we are at the center of the story. I will be holding 100 house meetings and knocking on 100,000 doors because you deserve to know who is representing you and I want to take your ideas with me to the Capitol.
Peace, love and power,