When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, fear won the day. He was brought to office on the promise of separating us from another country because, in his words, they were sending us "rapists" and "drug dealers." He constantly tries to separate all of us into different groups, calling those who oppose him any number of names.
On that day, and in the months after that, I became more and more determined to stop this dark and dangerous tide in American politics. Like many others, I became political for the first time in my life. At the request of a friend, I started the Indivisible group in my area. I started marching and calling my federal representative and senators. I got to know others who shared my beliefs and ideals.
I was asked to run for the US congress for my district, but I just didn't have the time to devote to raise the amount of money needed to run that campaign. However, as time went on and the US Congress started holding my son Matthew for ransom with the withholding of CHIP funding, I became angrier and angrier. I began reading the stories of other children whose insurance and school services were being impacted and that's when I realized for the first time that Georgia had accepted the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act. That enraged me even more, so I began studying the issues and made a decision to run for office.
Fortunately, a better candidate than I am came along to run for the US congressional district. However, I decided that I still wanted to make a change at the state level. Georgia still has families that are hurting because our governor and legislature have not expanded Medicaid in this state, leaving thousands of families without necessary healthcare. As you can see in my picture, I have a young son. Matthew is autistic and requires care beyond what most children need. I will fight every day to make sure that he gets that care.
Matthew is the primary reason that I am running. He, his big brothers and sisters are our future and our future is bright with these children leading the way. But I am also a scientist working in the solar industry. Honestly, I work in the solar industry because it's a good paying job and it offers my family a good like. But in the seven years that I've been with my company, I've learned a lot about what solar is about. We could literally power the world 24/7 with just the power of the sun. We could power our homes, our vehicles and our businesses and never put one contaminant in the environment while doing it. I've been to countries where solar is one of the major sources of power and the future for those countries is "bright," pun intended. The US, with its resources, could lead the way in renewable and clean energy, providing a clean environment and good paying jobs. I want to bring that to Georgia. Healthcare, a clean environment and jobs, now THAT'S a bright future.
Come join our campaign as we move to that future and away from the dark, divisive past that others want us to fear. The future is bright. We just have to go there.
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August 7, 2018