Restore Our Democracy
We choose “Restore Our Democracy” as our slogan, because it is the first and most crucial step in our journey to restoring our republic. Democracy is the people participating in their own governance. Yet, in our District we have various issues that make self-governance a low-priority for many. We have a plan to solve that, but first we must acknowledge the root causes of this condition.
How can democracy become a core value when people are being held in jail cells because they cannot afford a two-thousand-dollar bail bond? How can we expect people with disabilities to participate in their own governance when they have a difficult time accessing and visiting many stores, buildings, offices and other public settings, which include their polling place?
How can someone care about democracy when they are afraid that their family member, neighbor, or friend will be deported? How can a family even care about an election when one member of their family is battling addiction?
Democracy is an afterthought when you are working multiple jobs and are just a three-hundred-dollar car repair away from going under. Voting takes a backseat when people are never asked what issues, concerns, hopes and dreams that they and their family have. They tend to think government does not care. And although maintaining a democracy requires a year-round commitment of its citizens to hold officials accountable, most don’t do so. Our elected officials only show up in August and stay through the first or second week of November. They are not seen again until the next election cycle. The transactional nature of politics erodes the power of our democracy.
Our purpose is to restore our democracy in our District by first listening. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), medical expenses were the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States, and constituents let Representative David Schweikert know that loud and clear. But despite their voices, his lead in destroying the ACA demonstrates he failed to listen to genuine feedback about how the ACA has protected his constituents. The fact is he refuses to engage with and represent the interests of all his constituents. David Schweikert is eager to congregate with the small percentage of wealthy individuals who can benefit him, but he declines to meet with, listen to, and explain how public policy might be able to rectify the issues of the most vulnerable who live in our District.
We must learn what are the issues of this diverse and wonderful group of people. Then we need to understand what policies, at the federal level, can address their issues, so no one is left behind. Finally, we need to be able to effectively communicate this plan to the voters. We must convince and demonstrate to our fellow citizens that their vote and their voices are indeed precious and powerful.
If we can do that, we can win this election and start to restore our democracy not only in our District, but in Arizona.