I am running because the people who know me know that I have already served them well as an elected official. Their grassroot efforts are what got my name on the ballot (nice to know the political process is still accessible to anyone and everyone). These constituents are people who care about their community and know I will serve in their best interests.
I am running to improve the lives of people. I care about Rhode Island and would like the opportunity to represent the people in Congressional District 1 (CD-1). I am a person who connects people and acknowledges each person’s contributions. In every community, the best ideas and solutions come from the people who live there. Elected leaders have a wealth of resources, at their fingertips, in the residents of their communities. Congressional delegates are supposed to spend a lot of time with the voters in their district. I look forward to that. I enjoy putting “boots on the ground” and talking to people. The phrase I used in my town council campaigns is “A Leader Who Listens.”
I served on Middletown Town Council 2018-2022. I believe in term limits and chose not to run in 2022 so there would be a vacant seat for someone else to have a chance to represent the people and add a new voice, fresh energy and a different perspective to the decision-making conversations. I am running to give voters an alternative candidate to vote for: a citizen candidate. I am not an attorney. I am not a CEO. I do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am not beholden to a party, or other elected officials.
My designation has always been Republican, and I wasn’t going to change it for this campaign for 3 reasons: #1. because party labels are becoming blurred and meaningless because the law allows them to be misused as tools to strategize elections, #2. most best decisions on issues today swing somewhere in the middle and #3. Because of #1 and #2, voters need to start looking at the candidates, not the party labels.
Little known fact: Middletown Town Council is a non-partisan council, so a council candidate’s party is not identified on the ballot. I will bring that approach to Congress and look at the data, not simply the party recommendations, to vote for what is best for Rhode Island and to vote the way the people of RI CD-1 have indicated they want me to. My campaign is totally grassroots. I personally knew 90% or more of those who collected signatures for me. That effort was non-partisan and I hope it is the right time for voters to look past the party label and look more at the person running for office.