The other day when I was hosting a meet the candidates event for Campaign for Liberty, someone made a statement to me that I found very curious.
They stated that there is no way that I can understand the people in this district. It came across as if they were saying that I was rich, and not able to understand the struggles that others living in this district go through.
As much as I find that amusing, I also wondered if others might think that too. If they do, I want to reassure them that I do understand.
I have been married for over 11 1/2 years. I have four children. They are ages 10,10,8 and 7. My husband is the sole provider. I have done things from time to time, like childcare, or singing, but the majority of my time I volunteer to do things.
We moved to this district after our economic situation became even more difficult. I did not move here to run for office. I moved here because it was within our budget. With the increasing costs of utilities, home owner's insurance, car insurance, food, and other things, it was not financially possible to stay where we were.
I shop at the thrift stores, and often visit garage sales. Craigslist is a place that also helps me save money. I have even shopped at the damaged freight store for good deals, and will shop at Aldi's most of the time.
I have friends and a supportive husband that makes it possible for me to be involved and to run for office. If it was not for them, this would not be an option at all.
I literally am one of the people, running to represent us. Besides the fact that many have asked me to run, I have observed those around me. I have watched sweet elderly ladies scrape up what money they can to buy one single can of coke. They are trying to remain independent, and can barely do it. I offered to help this particular woman, and she refused my help. Which, I completely understand. We feel successful when we can take care of ourselves.
My neighbors are having a very hard time, they need someone that really truly cares about them. They struggle to get to their jobs, and even while working, still need help to make ends meet.
I have experienced many things in my life, and I know that I can empathize with anyone. It is time for compassion, but at the same time steadfastness. I am offering to be the representative voice, that is all I can do. If I am not someone that The People feel can represent them, that is ok. I am just giving them another option.
I just want to protect what we have here, and work for it to get better. This area has a lot to offer. It has great people, great businesses, and people that work together.
To the individual that said I don't understand, I invite you to contact me, and ask me whatever questions you have, if there are any more that remain.