Last year, I proudly became the first candidate in the country to commit to ‘Candidates with a Contract,’ because my intent has always been to conduct a clean and transparent campaign – to accept no large corporate donations, and none with strings attached. Therefore, while it may be true other candidates in the upcoming election can boast of having a “large war chest,” I can not.
Instead, I’m honored by the support I receive from diverse people and organizations throughout the US, many of whom can’t even vote me into Congress for CD8, but who support my campaign in any number of ways, because they know where I stand. I am motivated by them to face each new day and take on each new challenge.
My supporters know that I represent a strong, new America, along with others who believe in our nation’s original commitment to a representative Democracy where no one need oppress anyone else. Our founding fathers never intended for our country to follow the construct of a ‘pure democracy,’ wherein the majority could impose its will on the minority, although America seems, at times, to be leaning in that direction. Whether or not our rights slip through our fingers in the future is up to you and me.
In my work to represent CD8 in Congress, I have not solicited, nor accepted dirty money. Even a proffered endorsement from the NRA promptly found its way, torn into pieces, right into my trash can. (See Video Below)
As I’ve traveled throughout my community and our beautiful state, I’ve been honored to shake hands and hear the personal stories of those who form our nation’s backbone; the moms and dads, veterans, seniors, hard workers, and the under- and unemployed. I was struck with the personal stories of everyday Americans – especially children – battling severe illness or injury, with their Achilles’ Heel being our own government’s refusal to provide free, quality health care to all. Our boasting of being the greatest nation is embarrassing when of the eleven countries ahead of the U.S. in economic freedom, ten have achieved universal health care coverage. For now, it seems we are perhaps relegated to being the greatest show on Earth.
In November 2017, I gratefully accepted the endorsement of Justice Democrats, an organization dedicated to the restoration of representative democracy of and by the people.
In January 2018, I was honored to accept the endorsement from Our Revolution Arizona West Valley, whose Director, Mary McGuirk said, “Her dedication and knowledge will be so important to represent us in Washington. She has been a great asset to our group and is getting set up to win the special election for the vacant seat. Congratulations!”
Only a month later, in February 2018, I was endorsed by the esteemed National office of Our Revolution. While I gratefully acknowledge these and additional individual and agency endorsements, I view them not as accomplishments themselves, but as reminders of the work we still face, and an inspiration to keep moving forward.
Since I launched my grassroots campaign, I’ve remained devoted to my district, Arizona, and my country, while attracting remarkable support from throughout the US.
I fully support removing big, greed-inspired money from politics, and replacing it with sensible, viable options which allow for the election of lawmakers who genuinely represent the masses, not the wealthy minority. One such proposal is HR 20, Government by The People Act of 2017, of the 115th Congress (2017-2018), a resolution sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-MD, with over 150 co-sponsors.
If our representatives’ votes, which affect us all, are powered by big money rather than inspired by the voices of the American people, everybody loses.
“Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.” – Alexander Hamilton
The love of money is the root of all evil, not the money itself. The desire of the new Americans is for a government for and by the people, an America who keeps her promises to her citizens and the world. When our resources are used to strengthen America’s foundation, her infrastructure, and her backbone, our citizens and lawmakers can engage in open discussions with the sharing of ideas and information, with no need to wear badges identifying us as elephants or donkeys, green or libertarian, but as patriots.
The future of this country for your children and mine lies in our ability to enact campaign reform, starting with our votes.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln
If you believe your vote does not count, then know this: your lack of vote does count.
Sensible, positive campaign reform is at our fingertips, and when the power in Washington equals the responsibility, and those voted into office take both equally into account in concert with the wishes of their constituents, all of America wins.