I have always been one to step up when there’s a need for leadership.

I served six years in the Navy, mostly helping to run a nuclear reactor on a submarine tracking the enemy. I spent more than a decade dealing with Wall Street as a banker in our community, helping lenders and borrowers manage risk.

And since 2004, I’ve run my own successful small business. I’ve helped create thousands of good-paying jobs, including more than 500 in 2016 alone.

In my experience, whether chasing other submarines across the ocean, growing my own business, or helping other businesses grow good-paying jobs, leadership is about service.

The more we serve, the more we help grow. And we need to grow so more people achieve the American Dream.

We need leaders that will work toward a solution on healthcare that includes affordable coverage for all Americans, not leaders who take healthcare away from people.

We need a real commitment to fighting climate change so our planet is here for our children and grandchildren, not leaders who stick their head in the sand and hope the problem goes away.

We need a real focus on education, including a solution to out-of-control student loan debt, and a plan to invest and grow our infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st century.

We need leaders committed to equality and dignity. We need to ensure that women have equal rights and receive equal pay. We need to welcome immigrants. We need citizens to be treated as we want to be treated.

We need leaders with solutions for the future, not politicians who want to take us backwards.

These are things easier said than done. While some of our challenges may seem insurmountable, we have the solutions to our nation’s troubles within us. We just need focus and action.

I believe that our elected officials represent all of their constituents, not just the ones that voted for them.

We need to come together, Republicans and Democrats, to solve problems, not just play politics and try to have our team win.

I am running as a Democrat for one simple reason: equality. People are created as equals, and nothing along the way changes that ideal. Equality also means fairness.

Equality in education, fairness in taxation, equality in marriage, fairness in justice. The principle of equality is the ideal our country was founded on and meant to achieve, and as your Member of Congress from the 5th District, these are the issues I will fight for day in and day out.

I hope to earn your support. Please join me on this journey!

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