I am a Democrat running for Congress in California’s 30th District because our party has simply not been doing enough. Far too many of us have grown complacent. In this unique time in American history, we need to not just point fingers and proclaim our moral outrage but to look within and make sure our representatives have the guts and the principles to stand up, fight, and lead. I’m running because I’ve seen and experienced the energy in our community for proactive and progressive change in our politics. Now Washington needs to see it too.
I remember when my daughters were applying to colleges, we’d hear the refrain that anyone else who has gone through the process would hear: good grades just aren’t enough.
Well, I feel that we should evaluate our representatives in this same way. A good voting record is just not enough. We need the restless and relentless leadership that defined the Democratic party of the New Deal, now more than ever.
I will bring restless and relentless leadership on the issues that make a real difference in people’s lives. I will be held accountable only to you, not weighed down with the baggage and murky allegiances that come with taking money from PACs, lobbyists, and corporate interests.
As a lifelong Democrat, I reject the notion that we lack an articulated path forward. I reject the idea that we must be represented by leaders who are overly cautious on the issues that truly matter but happy to use performative partisanship to help their image. We can all do better and we must do better, now more than ever.
All people, regardless of party, race, creed, nationality, gender, or sexual preference want the same basic things: freedom to live their lives as they choose; security in knowing their homes and neighborhoods are safe, good education; good jobs that can support a family regardless of economic background; affordable healthcare; a healthy environment; and the confidence that their elected representatives are responsive to the communities they serve.
We must relentlessly and inexhaustibly fight for these values and protect them when they are under attack. This is how the Democratic party must move forward, without compromise.
Now is the time for the passionate and engaged people of the 30th Congressional District to be represented by someone who reflects them and their values.
We are a blue district, but we all know that right now we are a pale shade of blue. It’s a pale shade of blue that doesn’t reflect our energy and passion towards not just what we are against but what we are for. It’s a pale shade of blue that settles for business as usual and the status quo. It’s a pale shade of blue that must defend and promote our Democratic and progressive values, now more than ever.
We have the opportunity to turn this pale shade of blue into one so vibrant that it’s visible across the country in Washington DC.