As a real estate broker, I witnessed the devastation caused by the housing crisis and economic meltdown of 2008-2009 first hand. Families throughout our community, and from all walks of life, were suddenly left without savings, without homes, and without jobs. While the recession that followed the collapse has been declared officially over, I know that many Americans, including many residents of the 7th District, are still feeling the pinch due to unemployment or underemployment. I am committed to fighting for those individuals and families so that they once again have their opportunity to realize the American Dream.
Creating jobs requires a strong economy and building a strong economy requires investment. I believe in making strategic investments that address a host of other policy issues. Strengthening public education to create the skilled workforce that will keep us economically competitive, tax reform that levels the playing field for small to medium-sized businesses that drive our economy, and building our infrastructure, including expanding our use of clean and renewable energy to address environmental concerns and global warming, are all policy priorities that result in the type of ground-up investment that will strengthen our economy and create good jobs capable of sustaining a family both now and in the future.
Workers and working families who were left behind by the economic recovery need new and better opportunities and they need them now. As we take immediate and decisive action to create new and better jobs now, we must also take a strategic approach to intertwined and overlapping policy priorities that will allow us to do that while working toward creating the foundation for economic growth for generations to come. I see the big picture and understand that our national policy priorities must be viewed holistically, and in such a way that we are investing in our workers, families, and communities to make sure everyone has a seat at the table and the opportunity to build a brighter future.