When running for office strange truths begin to emerge… the fact that reaching out to voters is only one of the many things that we do as candidates becomes apparent very quickly. It is not just about making phone calls to strangers, dropping literature at doors, and finding ways to become closer to people during a pandemic when we are supposed to be as distant as possible. We also must reach out to other elected officials, unions, and organizations to plead for endorsement and support of our campaigns.
I have found that I have reached out to organizations that I share passions with… some have answered back, and others have not. I have also found it concerning that organizations associated with my professional field, healthcare, have refused to even interview me. Those on the opposite side of the aisle in Weld County that have never worked in healthcare have been endorsed by healthcare organizations that I have worked closely with for a decade-and-a-half. It makes you really want to follow the money in order to find the underlying motivation is behind these endorsements. You will find that these endorsements and donations are by high-dollar corporate entities. Healthcare, particularly health insurance, is the definition of a high-dollar corporate entity.
I am proud to have the endorsement of unions, people, and organizations that share my values, and not those that I work closely with on a regular basis… not because they are not important entities… but because I do not need thousands of dollars in donations from entities that do not share my values of affordable, accessible healthcare for every person.
I stand behind putting people over profits, and also understanding that in order to be successful in any business (including healthcare) one must put people first. I am glad to be running to represent the people of House District 48 and not corporate entities and insurance companies. Please reach out to me with questions and comments, I would love to hear from you!