Before 2018, many of us thought that you had to be privileged, wealthy, or an established politician to run for office. Many say you should start at the bottom and work your way up, climb the ladder, and move through the ranks to position yourself as a viable candidate.
In my own experience running for U.S. Congress last cycle, I was told to dress a certain way and look a certain way if I wanted to be taken seriously. People would tell me I shouldn’t run for this seat because I’m an unmarried woman, that I should not aspire to such a powerful position without a head of household. This archaic thinking is bullying, and demands that we stay silent and let things remain the way they are.
When I look at the current U.S. House of Representatives, I see a body that is mostly white and mostly male. I see representatives who don’t live in their districts or understand the needs of their community. I see outrageous sums of money pouring into campaigns representing interests that don’t align with our community values. When career politicians don’t represent the communities they serve, we have a problem. As regular working people, …read more