We need a leader that listens:
Since the start of this campaign, I have been having conversations with hundreds of citizen from our district.
These conversations have been with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
They have included young voters and mature voters, business owners and scientists, parents, and teachers.
They have involved farmers, immigrants, and people of different faiths, races, economic status, and sexual orientation.
They have provided opportunities to reveal the beautiful diversity in our community.
We need a leader that rejects the fallacy of false choices:
One who knows that we don’t have to choose between the 2nd amendment and safety. There is plenty we can do to keep our communities safer from gun violence at the state level – AND still affirm the right to own guns responsibly.
We need a leader who knows that we don’t have to choose between supporting businesses and the rights of workers. I know from experience that companies that have fair benefits and salaries have workers who are more productive. They become engaged and committed. As a result, business benefits – which benefits the whole community. We can have healthy businesses AND healthy workers!
We need a leader that realizes we don’t have to choose between corporate profits and having a clean environment. There are ways for companies to flourish AND treat our environment more gently and respectfully.
We need a leader willing to LISTEN and meet with constituents – even over disagreements. True listening implies a willingness to thoughtfully change your position. It includes having the integrity to weigh all facts and ideas, then doing what is right.
We need a leader who knows that we are more united than divided in our common interests and guiding principles. A good leader is driven by this foundational ideal. A good leader seeks first to work together rather than retreating to ideological corners.
When you send me to Lansing, I’ll be that leader for you! I will work every day to get our policies, our politics, and our priorities moving forward! Focused on the People! I will be there to stand for you!