A lot of people in D.C. want to tell us how to fix our problems. When you make $174k a year and are treated by lobbyists to a $50 lunch like it’s a value meal, it is easy to see why they would not understand what it is like to work for minimum wage and struggle to feed your family. A lot of this rhetoric comes from the Republican party, so why not run as a Democrat? There is a reason Donald Trump won. Over the last 8 years, a large portion of Americans have been left to feel disenfranchised, unvalued, and ignored. The problem isn't the Republicans or the Democrats. The problem is that both parties create their own echo chambers, and nobody is willing to listen to the other side simply because it's the other side. The result? The more moderate voices on both sides get drowned out and forgotten. If we raise the minimum wage, we need to do it in a way that is fair to small business owners, which are the real job makers. If we want to reduce spending on Food Stamps and Medicaid, we should pay people enough that they won't need those programs anymore. If we want to reduce illegal immigration, we should impose penalties on the companies that hire illegal workers. If we want to reduce healthcare costs, we need to stop poisoning our water. If we want a skilled workforce, we need to keep kids in school learning the skills they need in the future of STEM and the skilled trades. If we want to send our military men and women overseas to risk their lives, we better be prepared to take care of them when they come back. These issues are all connected, and these issues aren't simple. You aren't going to solve healthcare, immigration, education, veterans' issues, or welfare reform with a sound bite. You solve it by listening to the people that live it every day, and letting them teach you what they need to solve their problems. I know the obstacles that the working poor need to be overcome, because I am one of the working poor. I also know running for office isn't easy. Neither was spending the last 2 years working part-time so I could be a full-time dad for my kids, and full-time caregiver for my wife who had a grapefruit-sized tumor and significant muscle mass removed. Getting up at 7am, running the house, going to work after bedtime until well after midnight and doing it all again the next day was no easy task, but it had to be done. A lot of people have a lot to lose if things stay the way they are, and I am definitely one of those people.


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    “A brilliant, underutilized voice for the people.”