Who am I?
I was born and raised in Bucks County and currently run my family’s small business in the Eighth Congressional District, but that wasn’t my first career choice.
At Bryn Mawr College, I was awarded a prestigious grant to help develop a new synthesis of a drug to treat breast cancer. My research led to Phase III clinical testing. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 with a degree in chemistry, I joined the team at Wyeth Laboratories as a key member of the infectious disease research group.
But in 2003, my family’s publishing business faced some challenges and I stepped in. By using a common sense approach, cutting wasteful spending, streamlining processes, and embracing 21st century technology, I was able to grow and expand the company.
Ten years later I now own and manage all of the publishing company’s operations including magazine publishing, graphic design, and website development. As a small business owner I understands how to balance short- term losses and long-term growth, which has allowed the company to survive, thrive, and grow in one of the toughest economies since the Great Depression.
Why am I running?
As a scientist, entrepreneur, and business leader, I bring a unique perspective to the challenges facing Washington, DC.
Part of the problem in Congress is that there are too many politicians and not enough common sense, small business leaders who know what it means to balance a budget, make a payroll, and create jobs. That’s why I’m running
My platform is focused on getting our economy back on track and rebuilding the path to middle class prosperity. As a small business owner, I am focused on expanding the middle class and promoting good-paying, family-supporting jobs. A big part of this is making sure that corporations pay their fair share and that the country’s debt isn’t paid off on the backs of middle class families.
I am committed to taking education out of the “social” column, and putting it in the “economic development” column. I feel strongly that we need to give our schools the resources they need to help our children thrive and making higher education affordable and accessible. The United States continues to fall behind most other developed countries in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As a scientist with a degree in Chemistry, I understand how crucial it is that America’s youth have the training and skills to match the need of the nation’s fastest growing industries. This starts in early childhood, when formative learning occurs, which makes universal preschool crucial to preparing the next generation of workers. Similarly, providing adequate healthcare and good nutrition for young children will ensure that they are healthy and prepared when they enter school.
As a scientist, key part of my platform is making sure that national policy is based on credible evidence-based research, and that we reverse the trend of cutting scientific research funding. I am committed to supporting increased biomedical funding to cure illnesses like breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, and at the same time making sure that Americans have access to cutting edge medical care. Similarly, I want to invest in research relating to the environment, including clean technology and renewable energy. I want to preserve and protect our wild lands and spaces, and enact sensible policies to address climate change. Increased funding in science and technology will both help us address some of the biggest problems facing us a nation, and create good paying jobs that will boos our economy.
My DFA Values
I think that one way my candidacy differs from some others is that I did not decide to run for office and then later think about what values to embody. Rather, my campaign stems out of my serious concern and passion for issues I’ve held closely my whole life, including community, security, and liberty. I wanted to dedicate myself to creating a fairer and more equal society and, after much thought, decided that being a Congresswoman and fighting for these values was one of the best ways I could do so. So, these ideals are all at the very root of my campaign, and my desire to run for office comes out of my desire to affect change.
My campaign is very grassroots and, at the local level, is a true community endeavor. It has been humbling to see everyone from older veterans, to high school students, to stay-at-home moms coming together and meeting for the first time out of a shared concern for our country. I am privileged that my race has given me the platform to talk publically about issues of justice, liberty, and security. While I am still campaigning, I try to also use that pulpit to organize my community and to help people in the Eighth District understand some of the major issues facing our country.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have been involved with MoveOn.org since 2004 doing voter outreach, and have learned a lot from their model of recruiting volunteers and raising funds from small donors. At a time when many people were feeling disillusioned with politics, MoveOn was able to get progressives to become involved at the local level by convincing them that their voice actually could have an effect. I have a large community of local progressive friends and neighbors here in the Eighth District, and am trying to get even more people involved by having a similar message – you’re your work on my campaign can actually make a difference in getting me elected and effecting change in Washington.
At the national level, I have had many progressive bloggers, PACs, and people active on social media helping to get progressives involved on my behalf. This is an important seat for Democrats, and is one that Democrats need to win in order to take back the house in 2014. So, many people who are already politically interested know about the race and care about getting the best and most progressive candidate nominated.