This election matters.
As Americans, we have the rare privilege of choosing who will represent our interests on the national and global stages. For the House of Representatives, these elections, in which every single seat may be contested, occur every two years.
Our district's current representative, Earl Blumenauer, will have held that seat for 22 years. The last time he faced a challenge in a primary election was in 2010. He has run unopposed in primary elections for 8 years.
Mr. Blumenauer is part of a Democratic Party that has become increasingly insular, beholden to political and financial elites, and unaccountable to its members. We can send the message that we demand change. That we demand representatives who will champion progressive policies, rather than being content with the Democratic Party status quo.
A truly progressive campaign.
In a district as progressive as ours, there's no need for our Congressperson to be taking so much money from special interests. My campaign doesn't take contributions from corporations or PACs; instead, I chose to spend my time talking with my neighbors one-on-one, at political events, at neighborhood association meetings, and at their doorstep.
Instead of paying the $2,500 fee, in order to get my candidate statement printed in the voter's pamphlet, I personally collected signatures from fellow Democrats in my district, who are interested in advancing a candidate that is deeply committed to progressive ideals.
I was honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at the 2018 Oregon Black Political Convention, at the Multnomah Democrats, and to take part in the Oregon LWV video voter's guide.
For too long, the progressive Democrats who make up the party's soul have been told that our ideals are unrealistic, and told to fall back in line. Now, we have an opportunity to tell our centrist, corporate funded leaders that their time is up.
I will work for economic reforms that will skew the distribution of wealth away from the ultra-rich, that promote a healthy middle class, and that provide relief and opportunities for people living in poverty. I will seek to curtail the influence wielded by political elites and wealthy donors, by undoing their monopoly on setting the political agenda, as well as by empowering new voices to join the political conversation. And I will ensure that no American is deprived of their right to vote.