“I realized that, for the first time in our country, we’re not leaving something better for our youth. I can’t sit back and be the person who lets that happen.”
“I’m looking at these kids and I’m thinking about people in the city who see me on the street and are just so proud and encouraged and I’m thinking, someone needs to be their voice at the table.”
“I wanted to effectuate even more change…I truly know what it feels like when you feel the government is not working for you.”
"The tipping point was was when I was at Standing Rock in 2016...I just felt like we were at a point where we couldn’t afford to ignore politics anymore. We couldn’t afford to write off our collective power in self-governance anymore out of cynicism."
"Fifty percent of this country doesn't believe in or trust the other fifty percent of this country. That's why we need people like me to step into the center."
"Over the last several years, I have dedicated my career towards developing local initiatives to end homelessness...It became clear that the impact we're able to have here, locally, is at risk of being undermined if we don't have the right federal partners and the right programs in place at the federal level."
"I believe that having two parties does not adequately represent the spectrum of political ideas in this country. But living in a district with one dominant party marginalizes the average voter, leads to political apathy, and leaves the political arena prone to control by special interest. This is the case in the Bay Area. Finally, campaigns and active elections are community-building."
"I’ve been taking care of children for the past 17 years. It was really never in my life plan to run for office. The 2016 election was a huge wakeup call…I decided to step up and be a voice for my patients and people all over this district who would lose care under a Trump care bill."
"Over the past four years our district has even expanded into Washington Heights, Inwood and the birthplace of Hip Hop, the Bronx, which are all rich with culture. There is no place on earth like our district, and there is no place I'd rather serve. "
"What I think folks don't get about rural communities is that living there is a choice. It is something that we are proud of. We are proud of our land, we are proud of our communities and frankly I'm afraid of losing that."
"I raised my family, started a small business, and worked in this community for over 25 years. That's why I have always worked in an independent, bipartisan manner to get results for our community. I am running because we deserve that kind of common-sense leadership in Washington."
"This isn't about running against Donald Trump, this is about representing and standing up for my community, whether it be on national security, health care, the economy. We have seen what not being represented looks like, we are getting a raw deal."
"I felt like no one was making the case for strong conservative Republican principles, especially on a level people could really pay attention to...I do think it's time right now moreso than ever before to use our Hail Mary moment to challenge the system, to challenge the establishment, to stand up for our principles and share with folks—just like how I used to be—who don't know how beneficial our principles really are."
"What I do feel is a tremendous responsibility and it is that responsibility that keeps me putting one foot in front of the other on the days when I am tempted to feel defeated and to play it small. This is a defining moment for our country, and I believe it is a defining moment for the district. And I am refusing to play small."
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