Like so many others, I will forever remember exactly where I was on Election night last November. It was clear our new President would have, among other attributes, a conservative agenda.  I knew the many changes coming from Washington would ultimately end up being decided in every state’s capital.

With confidence that I could be a voice for my community based on my experience, record, and beliefs, I   announced my candidacy for the State Senate position. With support from local leaders across Union County, I ran for and won the Democratic nomination for the 20th District State Senate this past June. I thank you for your support.

People ask me all the time, “Why am I running?”:

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Not a day goes by that we don’t feel the radical changes coming from Washington. Affordable health care is under attack, and while support of rights for women are met with indifference or even disdain.  The progression we have made towards equality in our military has been torn down, while DC proposes walls constructed to confine our neighbors.

This culture of division -- pitting people against one other— is unlike anything in recent memory.

I am running to help stop this spiral of separation affecting our nation, as much as any state legislator can, because I believe the people of New Jersey--and especially the 20th District-- deserve better. I have encountered countless residents from Roselle who worry that the future of women’s healthcare lies in the heartbeat of a single supreme court justice, seniors from Union who are concerned that the affordability of their medication is at the mercy of a 140 character tweet, and families from Elizabeth worried that they too might be victims of an executive order because of their country of origin or the color of their skin. I will stand in the way on our New Jersey home-front against any of these attacks from DC.

As your Senator, I hope to help revitalize progress to bring change and stop these assaults on our values. I will make it my mission to passionately advocate for you. 

If I am elected to serve in November, I want to hit the ground running to fix some of our state’s largest problems. In New Jersey we are embroiled in a higher education emergency that stems for a lack of accountability from our institutions of higher learning.  Our state is near the highest in the nation in tuition rates and our youngest generation is being driven further into debt every single year. The luckiest ones graduate, while many leave college with debt but without a degree. I plan to offer specific solutions for this crisis effecting so many families in our state.

 The cost of health care and prescriptions play a crucial role in the lives of every family. I plan to offer specific ideas on how to control hospital and prescription costs.  The people of New Jersey should be able to negotiate prescription drug costs on a state-wide level, ensure that patients understand costs for procedures, restrict use of out of network procedures in our hospitals, and finally place consumer interests first.

Another troubling concern is the way we care for our elderly residents. Historically, our state has ranked among the lowest for senior care based on cost and quality of care. Elder care necessities, such as nursing homes or at-home-aides are too expensive, and the GOP’s attack on healthcare could only worsen this problem if Medicaid and Medicare cuts become a reality. It is extremely important to ensure that our seniors have access to the high-quality and affordable care they deserve.

These are just some of the issues I hope to tackle as your State Senator. There are many more. My mission is to make a difference for the people of New Jersey, both young and old. I’ll know the facts and I’ll stick to my principles while I work toward solutions in an effort to make government work for you.

If you would like to know more details about my plans, feel free to give me a call, or search for me on Facebook or Twitter.