I would like to take a moment to say thank you to my parents, Jim and Mary, today would be their 50th wedding anniversary (mom passed in 2016). I know that I was blessed to have had such amazing parents who shaped and supported me in all my wild life adventures, including this latest one. We were certainly far from perfect, me especially, and things weren’t always easy, but my sister and I know how lucky we were to have them. I also know how proud my father is of me in this undertaking, and how I feel moms approval deep in my heart.
I believe that much of the objectives and strengths I am bringing to this race, come from them. My father always stressed that a person has to have Character. If you don’t honor your word, then you are not worth anyone’s time. A liar is the same as a thief, you’re stealing from people with your words, he would say. And if you do, you need to make amends, not because you got caught, but because it is right. Mom instilled in me a need to fight for those that can’t fight for themselves. When I was young (and hot headed), I would go after the bullies for picking on someone for being different, win or lose, it needed to be done.
Times have changed, but moral character shouldn’t. We may disagree on every topic under the sun, but treating people with respect and dignity should never become the ‘old fashioned’ way. Unfortunately, that is no longer the norm. All sides feel it is fair game to insult and belittle each other because we are different. That’s the best part about America, we are all different! We need to start listening to each other, and not just waiting for our turn to respond.
My policy will to be as open and transparent as possible with people. If I voted for Bill XYZ, I will tell you why or why not, because if not, I would be stealing the voice of the voters. I am not running to push the agenda that the media says I should, or to line my own pockets, I work will work for the people of District 8 and actually listen when they have something to say. I understand that these are just words right now, but watch us, because our actions will say the same thing.
To Mom and Dad, thank you for everything. We will do this together and bring America back from the edge.