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Why I’m running.
Last Thursday I formally announced that I am running to represent the people of the 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am running to be a voice in Congress for those who have no voice.
Some have questioned my sanity for entering this race, and I tell them that after teaching 8th grade for over 20 years, I think I can take on the adolescent behavior in Congress.
In fact, I was first motivated to run for public office while teaching 8th grade social studies. I wanted them to understand that elected officials are supposed to be every day people like you and me who feel that they can help other people in some way. So I ran for Buncombe County Commissioner and won the privilege of serving my community for 12 years.
So many people today have given up on our elected officials, believing they don’t really care about ordinary folks. Make no mistake about it: Congress is not working for all of us. Many Senators and Representatives don’t seem to listen to their constituents or really care about their concerns. I am running to be a voice in Congress for those who have no voice.
My goal is to make the system work for everybody. That’s why I ran for office then and it’s why I am running today. Below are the four values that I hold and the ways I will put people first when I’m in Congress:
Education: Quality education is the birthright of every child and must be a top priority at all levels of government.
Economy: We need an economy that works for everyone—those on Main Street as well as those on Wall Street.
Environment: We must ensure that we have clean air to breathe and untainted water to drink for ourselves and our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
Equality: I believe that every human being should be treated equally under the laws of the land.
If the right people are elected to Congress, the system can work. With the support of the citizens of the 10th Congressional District, I intend to be the people’s voice in Washington, and I make this pledge to you: I will remember who I am, where I came from and who got me there. My job, once elected, will be to continue to put people first.