I believe that in 2018 we will see a brand new Congress. Establishment politicians are being challenged in elections across the country. Real people – working mothers and fathers – teachers, pastors and nonprofit leaders are stepping up to say enough. Stepping up and saying that regular people getting involved and running for office with the support of our neighbors is what democracy looks like. I am running as a first-time candidate for the PA-16 Democratic nomination.

We have the opportunity right now and the political will right here to play a different game. To stand for our values and fight for real solutions. To look past party politics and connect around a vision for our country that includes all of us.

We have an opportunity to build a bigger table, not a higher wall.

When America belongs to all of us, we’ll invest in working families and rebuild our middle class – the bedrock of our democracy.

I will fight for the following:

  • To make sure that every American who wants a job will have one that pays enough to support a family and live a good life.
  • For everyone to get the education they need to succeed through tuition-free public college and quality public education.
  • For every American no matter how rich or poor to have healthcare by expanding Medicare.
  • To treat the Earth as our home and reject pipelines and extractive industries that enrich oil and gas executives while leaving our land and water permanently polluted.
  • To raise the minimum wage because no one who works a full-time job should have to live in poverty.
  • To end the corruption of our politics. We’ll tell the corporate lobbyists and billionaire donors that politicians will not be bought and sold anymore.
  • To take care of our neighbors struggling against the epidemic of opioid addiction and create a path to rehabilitation – not criminalization.
  • To support Puerto Rico in resolving the debt crisis and empowering its residents to decide their future.

These are just a few of my most strongly held beliefs, which we will expand throughout the course of this campaign.

The beauty of the American story is that there has always been and will continue to be a process of perfecting our union and experiment in self-governance.

I believe that representation begins with and requires listening, so in addition to holding regular town hall meetings throughout the campaign to hear what matters most to you, I ask you to share your thoughts with me about our country’s most important issues.