Who am I?
I am an Army wife and the mother of four amazing girls. My husband retired last year after serving 20 years in the Army. Our family lives in a small town in Oklahoma. My husband and I are very grateful for the opportunities the Army has provided for us. We're able to raise our children in a safe community and give our girls a lot of the opportunities we never had. I was raised by a single mother and our family struggled financially. I faced my own struggles as an adult when I also became a young single mom. I worked hard to provide for my daughter. I waited tables, worked locating utilities on construction sites, and tended bar. I know from personal experience what minimum wage life entails. I've been through struggles like those many Americans are facing right now.
Why am I running?
Like many Americans, I've becoming increasingly concerned and disturbed by the partisan game playing that has become so common in our Congress. Last summer, I organized a rally in front of Rep. Tom Cole's office in Lawton, OK. I invited other local progressives to join with me and we asked our Representative to remember who he works for. We asked him to stop holding our most vulnerable citizens hostage. We asked him to stop using scare tactics to advance his partisan agenda. Mostly, we were tired of seeing so much effort put in to advancing the Republican party and so little effort being put forth to help struggling Americans.
But, nothing changed. Our voices went unheard. I shared my concerns with other progressives. It was during that time that some suggested I run for Congress. I dismissed them by saying, "I can't run. I'm not a politician." Their response was, "That is exactly why we need you to run!"
I realized that there comes a time when we need to stop waiting for other people to stand up for us. So, here I am. I'm a wife and a mother. I'm a fed up and I'm done complaining. I'm going to do something about it. The legacy we are leaving for our children if we stay on our current path terrifies me. I'm ready to fight for our future. I'm not content with leaving our problems for the next generation to fix!
My first goal is to shift the priorities of those in Congress. Our elected officials need to concern themselves more with improving our nation than improving their stock portfolios. This begins with an amendment to overturn Citizens United. The Super PAC circus that is becoming the norm needs to end. I would also work to close loopholes which allow our members of Congress to increase their wealth through practices such as insider trading.
My second goal is to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Trickle-down economics doesn't work. Investing in America begins with building a solid foundation. Our working Americans would see their tax cuts extended permanently.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
My campaign is truly people-powered! We are funded 100% by individual contributions. We have no paid staff. Every person on my campaign team is there because they share my passion for progressive values! We are limited in funds. But, strong in heart!