I have never done this before. I am not a career politician trained in what to say. I am not a puppet for corporate money. I am most definitely not the political machine that seems to have taken over every branch of our government — the machine that never pushes back against corruption and greed and ego and lately, science and even common sense.
I am a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a small business owner, a friend, a compassionate listener, and a fierce and tireless fighter for justice for all. Not some. All.
You hold the key to turning this country around and to making changes that bring fairness to more people. You are the vehicle to drive change that can bring back a sense of pride for this country and all of its people. It starts locally, and it starts today. Put me on the road to the capital building in Des Moines. In a world gone wrong, I’ll promise to do what is right.
Why I’m here
For over 20 years I have listened. I have empathized, and I have wondered how to make life better for the Iowans that I serve in the salon, always trying to stay away from political conversations. But in the summer of 2019, I started volunteering for the Warren campaign. All of those years of listening paid off when I was able to engage with voters about what mattered most to them. I slowly started to feel a bit of excitement about someday running for office myself. In an at-home meeting in August, Congresswoman Deb Haaland spoke about how her volunteering led to her eventually running and I had to hold back tears. She has so inspired me to do what is right. When I looked at some of the recent bills that had come up in this great state, I was shocked. Discrimination against transgender students in sports, a bill to protect discrimination as long as its framed as freedom of conscience, and of course many to remove choice. These aren’t the values of most Iowans. After reading through some of the bills that had been created, I knew that I couldn’t just sit and dream.
What I Believe
I believe in fairness and equality.
I believe that our students and educators deserve the best schools.
I believe that teachers and other public employees should have their collective bargaining rights reinstated.
I believe that unions built this workforce, and this workforce deserves a living wage.
I believe that healthcare shouldn’t just be for the wealthy, or be tied to your employment.
I believe that people should be able to decide with their doctors what to do to prevent or end a pregnancy.
I believe that our family farms are a crucial part of Iowa’s economy and heart.
I believe it is our job to address climate change and treat our land and air with respect
If you agree, I would appreciate a contribution.