I do not come from the traditional political family. I was born into the average, poor, blue-collared home. I know how to chop wood to keep my house warm, and I will be the first to dish up a plate because I’m used to fighting for it. I’ve been married, divorced, had kids, been on unemployment, made jobs, lost them too... What I wasn’t born into was a life of privilege. We had a family with over a dozen children, sometimes living in a less than 1500 sq. ft. household. We went hungry sometimes. We had family issues. I have been kicked out of my home, left homeless under a bridge, and had not a penny to my name.
I want to run for the senate because I have seen the (in)efficiency of our current government. It appalls and deeply upsets me that my children have a system to look forward to that cares only about their physical value. I’ve been there, I am here, and I want to help fix it.
WORK AND EDUCATION
Born in Keokuk, IA, my family moved multiple times throughout my childhood. With over a dozen children, we didn’t have the luxury of college being paid for. Nevertheless, I persisted.
I have always had a love of mathematics and science and worked many jobs to pay for the right to study them. I’ve flipped pizzas, bussed tables, and baled for $.05 an hour. With this background, I've gotten my Eagle Scouts Badge, joined the Navy, and made my way into the ranks of a robotics company as a quantum mathematician. It was hard work and hustling that got me there. I wanted something and I struggled through every part of making it happen.
This is truly the first time in my life where I feel I am at a point where I can give back what was given to me. Though they may have seemed like small acts, it was the small kindnesses of strangers that brought me here. Everyone deserves schooling, food, clothes, shelter, a present to unwrap during the holidays. Basic human rights should be the least of our worries in this world.
THE DECISION TO RUN FOR SENATE
I do believe that experience is the best method of learning, more than is sometimes fair. I’ve decided to run due to the struggles I’ve faced. Some are my own, some are not. I’ve learned through the hardships of life though that it isn’t about the faults and blames of others, it is how we all, as a whole, overcome them.
I want a better world. For myself. For my children. For all of us.
Whatever little I can do to give back will be the best of the smallest victories for me. I’ve thought long and hard over my decision to enter this race, which is why I am a bit behind schedule. I decided to submit my name because I believe a seat in the senate is where I feel I can provide the most support. I appreciate every one of you that also joins in this idea of mine, which I’m sure you all share. We all know it needs fixed.
Someone asked me why I was running. My answer? “If I don’t, who else will?” I support everyone wanting to make a difference, and thank you for also being the same, humane, individual.