First, and foremost, I’m a mother. No matter where my life and career take me, my family comes first. I decided to run for office because women and working parents need a voice in politics. When I first started researching running for office, people told me that because I am a working mom, I’d probably be too tired to do this properly, but you know what? I’m going to stand up for what I believe in. You threaten my family’s well being, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop it. Politicians have been attacking regulatory protections enacted to keep my family healthy and safe, and I’m going to fight back.
Now, a bit about my life.
I started my career as a chemist, but moved out of the laboratory and started working with federal regulations. In the last few years I’ve worked with EPA, FDA, USDA, and Customs compliance.
Regulatory work was intriguing, so I decided to put myself through law school. In 2013, I graduated and struggled getting back into the job market. My husband and I had decided to start our family, thus I was 7 months pregnant, heavily in debt, and ready to move back to Nebraska with no jobs in sight. My path back home was challenging, but I’m here.
Flash forward to fall of 2016 when my daughter started getting sick over and over again. It was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. Here was this tiny girl, who could not keep food down, so she was losing weight. It felt like there was nothing I could do to stop it. After many trips to the doctor, and finally a trip to a GI specialist, she was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. Now that we have a diagnosis, she is fine with a bit of diet modification and medicine.
About this time, the 2016 election came around, and I didn’t like my choices. The two candidates for Nebraska’s First Congressional District didn’t reflect my ideals, or my voice as a woman and a mother. In January, I pledged to do something about it. No more sitting back and complaining. I went to law school. I have the knowledge to do better for my community. As I was pulling data about previous CD1 candidates, I realized that I can still do more.
I decided that I am going to run for office. I’m not going to sit around and let politicians make my healthcare more and more expensive. My daughter’s diagnosis is chronic, and I am fearful for her future. I have until the election in 2018 to convince you that I’m the right person to represent Nebraska’s First Congressional District.
Please let me work for you.