Why I’m Running
I was the Democratic Party nominee for this seat in 2018. Much has changed since, but not my core motivation to run. For years I’ve felt that our deeply divided, hyper-partisan, and dysfunctional Congress is no longer serving the needs of the American people. I have been fearful that we’ll hand off a weakened and diminished America to our kids and to future generations to come. I was concerned that America was vulnerable, that some global event such as a recession or armed conflict might hit us at a time when Congress was too dysfunctional to deal with it.
I never imagined, nor would I have wished for something as deadly and devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic, to prove my fears to be well founded.
Our federal government’s response to the pandemic has been, and continues to be, disorganized, incompetent, and derelict in its duty to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. Congress, after a brief interlude of bipartisanship, has retreated to its respective ideological safe zones. The American people are caught in the middle between expiring relief measures and a gridlocked Congress.
As we work our way through and past the pandemic and define a new future for America, we must reject the status-quo of divisive and obstructionist politics. It’s time to replace fear with hope, anger with optimism, divisiveness with unity, obstruction with principled compromise, and gridlock with progress.
It’s time for all of us – whether you’re black, white, Latino, Asian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, Democrat, independent, or Republican, to rise up and take back our government, take back our representation, and restore OUR voice in DC.
I pledge to you that as your Congressman, my loyalty won’t be to donors, the party, or the President – whoever that may be. My loyalty will be to the country, the Constitution, and the people of Central Texas.