Before 2018, many of us thought that you had to be privileged, wealthy, or an established politician to run for office. Many say you should start at the bottom and work your way up, climb the ladder, and move through the ranks to position yourself as a viable candidate.
In my own experience running for U.S. Congress last cycle, I was told to dress a certain way and look a certain way if I wanted to be taken seriously. People would tell me I shouldn’t run for this seat because I’m an unmarried woman, that I should not aspire to such a powerful position without a head of household. This archaic thinking is bullying, and demands that we stay silent and let things remain the way they are.
When I look at the current U.S. House of Representatives, I see a body that is mostly white and mostly male. I see representatives who don’t live in their districts or understand the needs of their community. I see outrageous sums of money pouring into campaigns representing interests that don’t align with our community values. When career politicians don’t represent the communities they serve, we have a problem. As regular working people, we are qualified to serve in government. We run as we are because our background stories come directly from the communities we wish to serve.
In the 2018 cycle, I ran with over 50 candidates from across the nation on both the Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats slates. We are working people from all walks of life: teachers, scientists, engineers, small-business owners, and nurses like me. We ran on a unified platform, refusing all corporate-lobby and PAC money. We shared a common goal, and VoteRunLead motto and training program, to run as we were and we were chosen because we …read more