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“But you have no money.”
That is, by far, the most common response I hear after I tell people I’m interested in running for Congress. And they’re right. I have a steady paycheck and a roof over my head, which is better than many can say, but I carry six figures of student loan debt that won’t be paid off until 2045. It’s something that keeps me up at night… wondering how I will ever be able to afford to have a wedding, buy a house, or raise a family. And even if I find a way to make it work, what about the rest of my friends going through the same thing?
The problem at the heart of “But you have no money” isn’t just that so many in my generation have been left out of the economy. The problem is the assumption that all our leaders must be wealthy is so ingrained in our psyches that the idea of a debtor running for office is laughably absurd. Unfortunately, as long as all the most important decisions in the country are made by people who have never experienced economic insecurity, we will never address the problems faced by far too many Americans.
That’s why I’m running for Congress.
Except for money, I have almost everything else you could want from a Member of Congress. I’m a 31-year-old data analyst, a former White House intern, and a policy expert. I received my Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago, where I was the only member of my class to graduate with Honors and complete a Certificate Program. I dove deep into the issues of gerrymandering and energy policy, but more importantly, I learned skills that will help me analyze any problem that should come before me and determine how to go about fixing it.
I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my brief career, but this campaign isn’t about what I’ve done. It’s about what I’m going to do if I’m elected. I will advance a strong progressive platform to build a new, fair economy and invest in our people. I don’t understand why we accept so many people being out of work when there is so much work to be done. I don’t understand why we tolerate faceless corporations that squeeze every drop of effort from their workers and treat their consumers like nothing more than numbers on a spreadsheet. And above all, I don’t understand why we allow our wealthiest citizens to buy elections and then make the rules themselves. These are just some of the injustices I will fight to end when I’m in Congress.
I want to win this election to prove that a strong message beats a big checkbook, and that even those who rail against dark money and super PACs can win against the candidates they fund. Once I’m in Washington, I want to establish a new model for what constituents should expect from their leaders: someone who doesn’t spend all day calling donors, but instead spends all day researching policy. Someone who will explain in clear and honest terms the pros and cons of each piece of legislation and be fully transparent about why they voted the way they did. Someone constituents can trust to always look out for their best interests, so they can take a step back from politics without fear of losing their health care or personal freedoms.
In short, I want to transform our politics to make it all about the voters, and not about politicians’ careers. I hope you will help me do that by contributing to this campaign.
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“I went to school with Ryan Huffman and he absolutely has the compassion, intelligence, and fortitude to represent constituents faithfully and honestly.”
September 6, 2017