Why I am running

I am running for Congress because like most Americans, I believe our politics must change. I think 2018 can be the year in which, together, we will re-establish our politics for the better by returning the core principles of civility and problem-solving back to government to get results.

I have spent my life in public service and I am running for elected office to serve my community in the U.S. Congress. After 9/11, I began my career in national security and have worked on some of the world’s toughest problems. I approach elected office from a service perspective: if elected, I will go to Washington to fight for you and your families. Over the next year, I hope to earn your confidence and support.

Since launching my campaign in July 2017, I have heard from thousands of folks across the district about what matters most to them. I have tried to do more listening than talking. After more than 50 community meetings, 120 conversations with community leaders, more than 50 meet-and-greets in people’s homes, and some good old-fashioned Saturday door-knocking, this is what I’ve heard: Washington either doesn’t understand what’s happening in Michigan, or they don’t care. The American middle class — the backbone of the American success story for nearly 80 years — is under direct threat. Between stagnant wages and the rising cost of everything, working families are getting squeezed. People here are working harder for less. The game feels rigged by politicians in Washington, who seem to care more about the interests of big donors and corporations, than the very people they represent.

I have spent my life protecting American interests, both at home and abroad. If elected, I will fight to preserve the American Dream in Michigan. I will work every day to make sure that we have world-class, affordable education that prepares our kids for well paid careers in Michigan. I will fight to ensure that all people have access to affordable health care and prescription drugs. I will make sure our kids are safe and healthy by protecting against threats to our environment, our security, and the very real threats posed by our aging infrastructure — and I will fight to bring real economic opportunity to our communities here in Michigan. There’s a lot of work to do, and I hope you give me the chance to do it.

Over the course of the campaign, I hope to meet as many of you in person as possible. I want to hear directly from you. After all, the job of a U.S. Representative is to represent you. So if you have questions or feedback for me, please send me a note and let me know what’s on your mind. I will continue to update this page between now and the election in November.


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