Thanks for taking a minute to learn a little more about who I am. I live with my partner Kris and the world’s friendliest beagle, Benjamin. My parents, Michael and Diane live in Wisconsin and I have an older sister, Sara, who lives with her husband Joe and their two children in Minnesota.
I’m running to serve as US Representative because I believe in putting people and community at the center of decisions. I’ve tried to do my best for the past five years as a State Representative serving the 60th District and representing over 90,000 people living in Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Township. As an elected representative, it’s important to prioritize listening to the needs of the community, holding regular coffee hours, updates, and town halls. I do my best to be accessible. Serving on the Appropriations Committee, the committee that builds our state’s budget, I’ve fought to prioritize investments in things that help people–like healthcare, good schools, and clean water.
I come from a family of educators. My mom and dad were university professors and administrators. My sister–as well as many of my aunts and cousin– is a teacher. Dinner table conversations usually found a way to drift into what’s working and not working in the classroom. My parents taught me the values of serving my community, being there for family, working hard, having access to good education, and doing the right thing.
As a small business owner, I know the pressure of making a payroll and providing healthcare. We worked hard to give a voice to equality organizations, labor groups, women’s rights organizations, and environmental causes. Through coalition work, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Michigander–and folks across the country–win important fights. We need to win some of those important fights in DC, too.
When I was elected to serve as State Representative, I championed a consistent set of ideas: we should invest in education for today and tomorrow, build an economy that works for everyone, and fight for social justice and a clean environment. We’ve seen progress on these issues, but there’s more work yet to do. While gaining valuable experience on what it means to serve in a legislative body, Lansing didn’t change what I believe: Those with so much shouldn’t be telling the rest of us that we haven’t earned anything at all.
- Families should not be worried about their healthcare.
- Working people should not be left behind while CEOs keep earning more and more
- We have a right to clean water.
- Politics should not be rigged by billionaires and special interests.
Your zip code, skin color, and gender shouldn’t dictate your opportunities at birth
- Every vote should count and every citizen should get to vote.
Every student deserves a great education and not massive amounts of student debt.
- Everyone should have the freedom to be who they are, love who they are, and pray or not how they want
- Big corporations should not be getting massive tax breaks while workers benefits get cut
- Politicians should not be sitting on the sidelines watching climate change happen