First, and foremost, I’m a mother. No matter where my life and career take me, my family comes first. I decided to run for office because women and working parents need a voice in politics. When I first started researching running for office, people told me that because I am a working mom, I’d probably be too tired to do this properly, but you know what? I’m going to stand up for what I believe in. You threaten my family’s well being, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop it. Politicians have been attacking regulatory protections enacted to keep my family healthy and safe, and I’m going to fight back.
Now, a bit about my life.
I started my career as a chemist, but moved out of the laboratory and started working with federal regulations. In the last few years I’ve worked with EPA, FDA, USDA, and Customs Compliance.
Regulatory work was intriguing, so I decided to put myself through law school. In 2013, I graduated and struggled getting back into the job market. My husband and I had decided to start our family, thus I was 7 months pregnant, heavily in debt, and ready to move back to Nebraska with no jobs in sight. My path back home was challenging, but I’m excited that I’m back in Nebraska.
Flash forward to fall of 2016 when my daughter started getting sick over and over again. It was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. Here was this tiny girl, who could not keep food down, so she was losing weight. It felt like there was nothing I could do to stop it. After many trips to the doctor, and finally a trip to a GI specialist, she was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. Now that we have a diagnosis, she is fine with a bit of diet modification and medicine.
About this time, the 2016 election came around and I was wildly disappointed with the results. I vowed to get more involved. No more sitting back and complaining. It was time to take action. With the help of a friend, we organized community events that focused on civic engagement. Then, our congressman voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. An act that would have left millions without insurance and my family without much needed consumer protections. I took this really personally. I was desperate to find someone to run against him so I began researching the district, and I waited and waited for a politically experienced candidate to declare. When none showed, I realized that no one was going to work as hard as I will for our health care.
I decided that I am going to run for office. I was going to be the candidate. I’m not going to let politicians make our health care more and more expensive. My daughter’s diagnosis is chronic, and I am fearful for her future. I have until the election convince you that I’m the right person to represent Nebraska’s First Congressional District.
Please let me work for you.