My fellow Idahoans,
I am a first-generation Idahoan, a proud daughter of immigrants, and fiancé to a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. I was born in Jerome and grew up in Wendell, “The Hub City of the Magic Valley.” Pursuing the American Dream and wanting to build a better life for their family, my parents went to work in the agricultural and dairy industry. They taught me to love my country, to care about others and contribute to my community.
I attended public schools in the Magic Valley and graduated from Wendell High, where I was active in student government and participated in soccer and track. After high school, I received a scholarship to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I majored in Political Science with a minor in Latin American studies. I helped pay for college through work study jobs that were focused on service learning, and I became the first in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree.
After college graduation, I began work as a caseworker for U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington State. While helping veterans navigate the often-frustrating VA system and assisting homeowners desperately trying to keep their homes after the economic downfall, I came to better understand the challenges faced by real people. While it was very rewarding to help people cut through government red tape, I missed Idaho and I missed my family. After two and a half years working for Senator Murray, I moved back home.
Coming home to Idaho, I was saddened to learn how many young Idahoans felt compelled to leave our state to find opportunity elsewhere. I committed myself to creating change and opportunity here in Idaho. I served as chief of staff for the Idaho House Minority Caucus, worked to repeal the “Luna Laws” that were so harmful to our public schools, and worked for low-income Idahoans hurt by predatory payday lenders, those who found themselves in the Medicaid Gap, and immigrant families seeking needed immigration reform.
Now I am running for Congress to make a difference for all Idaho families. Our current Congressman has some accomplishments to his credit – most notably the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness legislation. But day in and day out, he represents wealthy corporate interests that have little in common with the pressing needs of everyday Idahoans.
Unlike Mr. Simpson, I will champion issues that matter to Idaho’s families: an economy that works for everyone, provides more and better-paying jobs and ensures that women receive equal pay for equal work; an immigration system that protects workers, as well as their employers, brings people out of the shadows and allows DREAMERS to realize their dreams; a system of higher education that is accessible and affordable, and an environment where we reduce our carbon footprint and leave a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren. Please join me in this endeavor. I ask for your support and your vote.