What does being a "Centrist" mean to you, and why did you get involved?
Centrist means being middle- of- the- road by balancing various views, avoiding extremism and having a vision that is not one dimensional. I wanted to be part of this movement since I am concerned in the direction our country is heading in. America was starting to march towards a progressive era and we fell back many, many steps. The current political landscape is focused solely around the job security of our law makers through their lobby interests. Their mindset comes at the expense of our citizen’s needs and our core values. In addition, Citizens United pushed us further into political corruption and created a new fringe base ideology. As a civil servant, we should put our country and its people ahead of any party. When you go back to the birth of this nation, our founders were visionaries when they wrote our living constitution. They understood that a path towards freedom and true democracy will be met with mistakes along the way but we would have the power to learn, reflect and change for the better. Sadly in 2016, many citizens either didn’t vote or didn’t think their vote mattered. They became complacent, an indication that we have lost respect and confidence in our government. We need to be a united front again and produce elected officials that will do what is right for the people. Only then, can we can rebuild the trust that was lost in our system and work towards a better future for this country.
What is a policy issue you are passionate about and why?
Healthcare and Education are very important to me. As citizens, we should have the right to free healthcare and education because they are basic human rights. I was recently in Cuba and learned firsthand about their socialized Heath and Education system. Cuba’s literacy rate is 99.7 and ranks number nine in the world. The United States is not in the top 25 and we are one of the richest countries in the world. America should have one of the highest literacy rates and make quality education accessible for all. In terms of our healthcare system, it's become so expense that it’s now a financial burden on most families. You shouldn’t have to choose between paying your rent and saving your life.
How do you think we can unite our country and fix our politics?
We need to learn to work together and agree to disagree at times. The current state of our union is filled with anger and bitterness. We need to be more diplomatic, listen to each other and have empathy. If we are respectful and rise above any hostile exchange, maybe that will create a domino effect. In order to fix our policies, we need to do what is right for our people by being selfless and not what is right for our party or to win another term.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Two quotes that sum up my drive for this movement.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed."