I am running as a Delegate for Bernie Sanders, to hold a seat at the Democratic National Convention. If you are a fellow delegate in Colorado, I am hopeful I can persuade you to vote for me at the Congressional District 7 Assembly & Convention this coming Saturday, April 9, or at the Colorado State Convention the following Saturday, April 16.
I have been a Bernie activist since the first day I found out he was running for the nomination. I did not yet know of his positions on all the issues, but I knew him to be a man of integrity, and a man who was not afraid to speak truth to power. The more I learned about him, the deeper and deeper my commitment grew.
I am a forty-seven year old mother of four boys and it is only now that I have joined a political party. Always before, I voted as an Independent, mostly aligning myself with the Democrats. My parents are Democrats, and it would have been natural for me to register as a Democrat, but I never could bring myself to do so until Bernie Sanders declared his candidacy as a Democrat. To me, it has always felt as if the Democrats were slowly but surely giving their voices over to the corporations, and conceding their power to the forces on the right in Washington that have high-jacked our country. Over time, it was difficult for me to distinguish the differences between the Democrats and the Republicans. They both seemed to be groups of people living in a completely different reality from me. A reality where they bolstered each others’ wealth, supported each others’ corporate boards, traded favors, and essentially looked out for their own power in Washington rather than representing their constituents. With Bernie Sanders, I FINALLY believe we have a chance to put a politician in the White House who understands the real frustrations of the a country governed by special interest groups, money, and the buddy system.
I will fight for his nomination at the National Convention as hard as I have fought for his nomination here in Colorado. In the past ten months, I have made signs with my children, marched down-town, watched Bernie speak at D.U. in Denver, volunteered to help at the rally in Boulder when he came to the speak at CU Boulder (I got to shake his hand!) and canvassed more neighborhoods than I kept track of. By my estimate, I knocked on about 500–600 doors. I have bought yard signs for myself and my neighbors (giving them away) and I carry pins and bumper stickers everywhere I go so that when people comment, I can make sure they too can represent Bernie to their friends and neighbors. I ran the field office in Edgewater once, launching a canvassing drive and training people on the steps. I have recruited many other volunteers, including Caucus Captains and people who ultimately became delegates at their own precincts. I am learning as I go. We all are. But when I see an opportunity to help find solutions, I take it. And Bernie is one of the most important solutions we have as a country, to take our country back from the corporations and from the buddy-system in Washington.
Washington needs to hear the citizen’s voices again. And with Bernie, they will hear our roar. I hope you will vote for me to represent you at the Democratic National Convention because I am passionate about getting Bernie into office, because I have worked for him since day one, and because I will be a tireless and strong advocate at the Convention.
Reach out to me on Facebook if you have any questions or want to connect. I look forward to talking with you.