I think that there is a fair amount of confusion in congress, as well as many other elected officials, as to who their boss is. It seems that many of them, including my opponent in 2018, seems to believe that it’s the party chair, or maybe the Speaker of the House in the case of the House of Representatives. Let me share who I firmly believe the boss is: You.
I don’t think that it’s a radical idea that you, the voter, will be my boss if I’m elected. I am there to serve you to the best of my abilities. When I say you, I actually mean everyone. Sure it starts with the voters in my district, but I feel it goes farther than that. The children of the voters are important to me, as well as those who work in the district but may not live in the district. Let’s just say that I think that everyone whom my decisions and votes in congress will affect are indeed my boss as well. If I make a decision and vote a particular way, I have to be ready and accepting of those who will disagree with me. I’m not going to get anything done to better our country and state, or move us forward without working with those who have opposing views. I’m done with partisan antics, and I think you are too.
For far too long, we have been drifting away from being American. We worry too much about being Republican or Democrat. Yes, I am running as a Democrat. That’s because I believe in many of their goals. I believe in equal rights for all. I think we should stand up for workers, we need to ensure that every single person in the United States has healthcare. Notice I didn’t say “access to healthcare”, there is a huge difference between the two. In order for us to do that, however, we need to work across the aisle to ensure that the ideas and goals we have will benefit all persons.
Over the course of the next year plus leading up to the election, I want to be sure that all parties are invited to my speaking events. I want everyone, including those to don’t agree with me to ask me questions and engage in conversation. I’m going to say something that politicians should never say. I don’t have all the answers. That’s why your input is so valuable. No single person has all of the answers, but if we work together we can find them.
I’m going to promise you the following:
- I will do everything I can to maintain an open door policy. If you have an idea or criticism, tell me. I only ask that you keep it civil, and try to have facts to back up your argument.
- If I make a mistake, I will take ownership of it. No scapegoats, no pass the buck; if I did it, I’ll take the blame for it.
- I will work with anyone who shares similar goals, even if our ideas on how to get there differ. Being a citizen in this county is a team effort, lets bring back some good sportsmanship.
- If a question asked of me can be answered with a simple yes or no, and satisfy the person asking it, I will give you a yes/no answer. No dodging the question, or spinning it to something unrelated. A motto I have tried to live by for a very long time is, “I would rather tell the truth and have someone mad at me, than lie and have them mad anyways.”
I am sure there are more things I can promise you, but these are some big ones for me. I hope that between now and the election, and hopefully while I am in office, you see that I stand behind these ideals.
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