I believe in freedom, equality, justice and an equal chance of prosperity for everyone.
I have cared deeply about this since I was a child, growing up in Nottingham.
Each year, at Christmas, my mother would take us with her to drop off food baskets (that I think were put together by the town) to poor families. We delivered food to families who lived in one-room, tar paper shacks. I knew kids from school who lived in these places. My parents always said we were poor – but we lived in a nice house. I knew that we weren’t poor like that.
People would not choose to live in tar paper shacks if they had a choice.
The comparison to my own life was stark. As a child I didn’t get it – how could this be right?
As I grew up I figured some of it out and made a career of working with poor people and government -- as a teenage volunteer, as a public housing tenant organizer, later as a public housing manager and administrator.
I don't have all the answers but I know that inequality of income, education and opportunity are just wrong.
The United States – and New Hampshire – were built on the idea that everyone should be able to make it - to live a decent life and have the freedoms and responsibilities that come with democracy.
Whether it is a small town putting together food baskets, towns and cities making public education a highest priority, state and federal government law and regulation to protect public safety, a health care system that is affordable and accessible to everyone, protecting the environment, dealing with public health – including the opioid crisis - these are all things we do to take care of each other.
We must ensure that no one faces discrimination based on the color of their skin, where they were born, their sexual orientation, their religion, their age or anything else. And we must insure that our most basic responsibility - voting - is accessible to all eligible citizens.
The federal government, and the New Hampshire state government are not meeting the responsibility to take care of all residents. I am running for State Representative to help, at least in New Hampshire, get our government back on track.
We need to put partisan politics away and talk to each other as one human being to another and get it done.
I want to do my part, within this democracy, to ensure that everyone has freedom, equality, justice and an equal chance of prosperity. That’s my mission.