We used to believe in things in our Country

 

We believed in things like compassion, honesty, humility, and accountability. And this wasn’t particular to any one political party. These weren’t radical concepts.

I believe in these, and in the people who live and work in Atlantic County.

Americans have always been the eternal optimists, believing that tomorrow can be better than today. That our children should be better off than we were. That the future is always brighter than the past. That we are all deserving of—at least the opportunity—to succeed.

That optimism lives in Atlantic County. It’s up to us to make it reality.

It was a sense of right and wrong, an innate instinct that led me to bring up the change from Freeholder to Commissioner  in 2018, when my colleagues would not consider it.

As an optimist, I continued, and I was pleased when they did listen and provide grant assistance to small businesses who suffered loss due to COVID; pleased when seniors’ meal delivery was coordinated with COVID vaccines. And pleased when gas-powered vehicles were replaced with electric.

Now I want to take that gut instinct of what’s right for US and fight for our district in Trenton.

Every one of us living here today must be an optimist about Atlantic County. Because making a living here isn’t easy. But we stay, and work for a better Atlantic County.

We are gut-punched by economics, poverty, foreclosure.

I know what it’s like to try to reach success in an area that continually struggles to get out of its own way.

I know middle-class families are hurting in Atlantic County, and I pledge to devote myself to the revitalization of our region, to bring good-paying jobs for our neighbors.

My experiences in work ultimately led me to managing multi-million-dollar budgets and committing myself to the success of Atlantic City. My experiences in life have given me the ability to hear peoples’ concerns and understand their needs.

I want to fight for Atlantic County, to make sure we get our fair share from state government. Serving in County government, I’ve seen our needs:

  • We need to address the inequitable school funding formulas that raise taxes on our middle-class families.

  • We need infrastructure investment to attract development.

  • We need federal and state funding to address flooding caused by climate change. Our economic driver is on an island, this is an emergency if there ever was one.

  • Atlantic County has the highest rent burden in the state, with 62 percent of Atlantic County households spending more than 30 percent of their income on rent. We need better paying jobs to bring this ratio down.

 

I first was compelled to run for public office in 2017 because I felt our county government did not represent me. Like so many other people, I always thought elected officials were smarter and looking out for their constituents, but 2016 changed my mind.

I ran because it seemed women were excluded from having a voice at the table, now I’m running for State Assembly to bring all our Atlantic County voices to the State House. I want to be in the room when decisions are made that affect my County.

I know my experiences have given me the instinct and vision to see solutions to our problems. I want to bring that vision to the State Assembly so that I can help solve more of our issues.

In the darkest times of our lives, there’s always a spark somewhere inside that shows us the way to the light. So, starting now, let us all be brave, let that spark grow, and march together to brighter, free, and democratic future.

First you have to believe. And I believe in you.