Why I Want To Serve

Three dates explain why I want to serve:

November 7, 2016 — I awoke with an overwhelming feeling of outrage and dread.  Donald Trump was president.  How could this happen in our America? How could the democratic system, the Democratic Party, and yes, people just like me let this happen? The following weeks were filled with a disorienting sense of inertia bordering on paralysis.  The unthinkable had happened, but what could I do?  What could anyone do?

January 21, 2017 was the date of the Rise Up Doylestown March, two days after the presidential inauguration.  Filling the familiar streets of my hometown were hundreds, many hundreds, then more than two thousand of my neighbors, energized and unified by the urgent need to take a stand.  I was not alone.  I was surrounded by community of like-minded individuals united by the commitment to begin – right there, right then – to make our voices heard.  WE could make a difference.  I could make a difference.  

Immediately I plunged into municipal politics in Plumstead Township.  I was electrified by the combined energy of my neighbors, some as inexperienced as I was, all committed to making a difference at our local level.

On December 12, 2017 the shameful Senate Bill 3 was passed.  Without Governor Wolf’s veto, this would have been one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.  Protecting women’s fundamental reproductive rights was a battle that would HAVE to be waged in Harrisburg.

I was 21 when the Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade decision affirmed women’s fundamental right to choose.  I remember when abortion was illegal.  I resolved to work with the Democratic Party’s candidate for the 143rd to ensure that women’s reproductive rights would be defended in Pennsylvania.  As days then weeks went by and no candidate emerged, I began to consider a radical proposal:  I should be that candidate.  I consulted my heart and mind, my family and friends, and people I knew in the Democratic Party.  We all agreed.  So here I am today, asking your support to bring representation to the State House that reflects our shared values of respect, economic security, and common decency.

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