Nov 27, 2011
Upon learning of the latest opening to represent the 29th legislative district, I consulted with family, friends and colleagues and have decided to run for State Representative. As you may know, I have always been extremely active in our political process—from working in the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. to joining then Senator Obama’s campaign when he announced a run for President. I organized for President Obama in Iowa for the Caucuses and traveled to many states after Iowa during that historic campaign. I have always been one to follow my heart and fight for what I believe in. We are at a crossroads as a country and the front line of the fight for the middle class and job creation happens in the state legislature.
Every person deserves the dignity of work. The 29th Legislative District is filled with hard working, decent people who struggle daily to make ends meet in bad economic times. It doesn’t help when government puts the burden on working people and not the wealthiest Americans. It doesn’t help that big banks are illegally foreclosing on families who are able and willing to refinance to stay in their homes. Big banks, bad loans and an unchecked, under regulated Wall Street got us into this financial mess.
But it isn’t enough to point the finger. It is time to deal with harsh reality and budget decisions ahead of us. But most importantly, it is time to help put people back to work and provide access to job training and apprenticeship programs that help us compete for the jobs of the future. I believe in public service and I have the experience and background to hit the ground running—a background in civic engagement and legal studies—a background in community activism and fighting for progress and moving forward.
I know that ultimately I can’t win this campaign on my own. I need your help.