Why I’m Running
Throughout our history, generation after generation of Americans have built a stronger and more prosperous nation and handed that legacy down to future generations.
Sarah and I have five teenagers between us. As I watch them grow and approach young adulthood, and I consider the deeply divisive social and political environment we’re in, I’m fearful that we’ll be the first generation to hand off a weakened and diminished America to our kids and future generations to come.
I can’t sit on the sidelines and let that happen.
This century hasn’t been easy for America. It started with 9/11, and we’ve been in a state of perpetual war ever since. The Great Recession devastated millions, many of whom still haven’t recovered. We’ve had rapidly evolving immigration challenges. We’re experiencing the effects of climate change. Housing, health care, and education costs have risen far faster than working and middle-class incomes, and we’ve had a dramatic shift of economic activity from rural to urban and suburban areas, leaving many feeling economically insecure despite record high stock markets and record low unemployment.
Our hyper-partisan Congress has done nothing about it. I believe my life and career experience give me a skill set that will allow me to be an effective problem solver in Congress. But perhaps more importantly, I’m not deeply ideological. I’m open to ideas from across the political spectrum as long as they address a problem and don’t violate our core Democratic beliefs.
Today, fear, anger, and divisiveness are driving many people’s voting decisions. Unfortunately, many members of Congress seem to be more than happy to exploit our fears and divisions rather than lead us to effective solutions to our problems. It’s time to change that, because we are indeed at risk of weakening and diminishing America. 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 will lie with the country, the Constitution, and you my constituents, not PACs, parties, or presidents.