To preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States

Over 240 years ago, a group of 39 individuals wrote a new social order on a piece of parchment, pledged their oath and signed their names to the document.  That single act of union would forever change the world.  The people--not noble kings or appointed leaders--would rule themselves in a system of democracy.  This system was carefully discussed and passionately debated to create a new nation.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Our government exists to serve the citizens of this great nation.  The framers placed within the structure of our government three equal branches--one could not act alone nor overcome the other two.  Each existed to check and balance the other to preserve liberty and unity.  Several times this Constitution has been challenged by division and strife and yet great leaders have been able to hold it together for another generation.

We are at one of those moments in American history where our Constitutional rights are being severely challenged.  There are growing cracks of indifference and prejudice in our country’s foundation.  Our privacy rights, freedom of speech, civil rights, and voting rights to name a few have come under attack by an Administration that wishes to rewrite the rules of the game.  We are becoming desensitized to the outrageous and politicians would rather give hostile tweets than to come together to try to resolve the issues we face.  We are growing complacent as a nation because the cost and risk to change the current system seems too great and too much for anyone to tackle.  Special interests have taken our place at the table, as the voices of the people are increasingly cut off from their representative government by virtue of gerrymandering and corruption.

And yet when we come back to the sacred oath that created this nation, we realize that it is up to “We the People” to take back our country.  It is up to us to take it off the market from special interests, reach out to our neighbors and come back together as a nation to do the work of this democracy. That is why I am running.  As a beneficiary of that original Constitutional convention, I am unwilling to sit on the sidelines when our country needs new leadership who is willing to find common ground, to carefully discuss and passionately debate what we need to do to keep the glow of freedom and liberty alive for many generations to come.  Without our Constitutional Democracy in place, all the other issues of importance cannot be solved.  We need to bring this nation back together again.