It has truly been a pleasure to serve during this unprecedented time. Although I’m not certain what is on the horizon, and although I am relatively new to this role, it has only reinforced my belief that those who represent us need to do so with integrity, compassion, morality, and humility. There are many things that I need to learn, but it is my hope that I’ve demonstrated these values, especially at a time such as this.
As I reflect back to April 23, 2019, when I was officially sworn into office, I could never have predicted the series of crises that would take place in less than a year in the form of a pandemic, threatening not only our physical health, but our mental health, economy, schools and more. On top of the pandemic, we watched the brutal murder of George Floyd spark the cry for justice and equity. This was followed by an attempt to reject the 2021 election results, and the push to make voting laws more restrictive throughout the nation. What a time this has been, and continues to be. Despite all that faces us, I consider it an honor to support policies to help address the unexpected while also helping us create the community that we wish to be. I’m grateful to have been entrusted with the role of helping to govern during such a precarious time.
Finally, since I’ve never lived with any other government structure, I have truly taken our democracy for granted. Then, on January 6, 2021, just hours after being sworn in for my first full term as a legislator, I watched in disbelief the events that took place at our nation’s Capital. It was hard to take in the scene and to make sense of what we were collectively witnessing. It also made plain that it matters, really matters, who represents us and who we want to be, as a community, a town or city, a state, and a nation.
Taking all of this into consideration, I have decided to once again seek re-election.
I don’t have all of the answers, and I’m still learning to navigate this uncertain path, but I do know that I will continue to work hard to serve you, listen to you, and support you as we partner to create the community that we wish to be. I have sincerely appreciated your support in the past, and hope that I have earned your continued support.
Wishing you health, safety, and all the best in the New Year,