Too much and for too long, our political process has worked only to the benefit of the wealthy while disenfranchising ordinary Americans. Gone is the ability of an honest day's work to earn a living wage. The economy is geared for a specific type of college educated worker to the detriment of all others. Americans are dying deaths of despair unseen in a generation. Our students are leaving school burdened with the equivalent of a mortgage but with no hope towards the future. Our environment is deteriorating before our very eyes.
These are the realities of our times, and they are the cause for great concern. But from this struggle and challenge can come renewal and growth. This is why I am running. I believe in the United States of America. I believe that while the opportunities it provided my immigrant parents are fewer for my generation, they can be expanded in our time. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I believe restoring the middle class is our country's path towards prosperity. And most of all, I believe in you- the individual citizen who is informed and engaged is the only hope our democracy has if we are to move ahead.