The Foundation: Core Principles & Values
Government is the cornerstone of a thriving democracy and must ensure equality for all Americans, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or personal beliefs. Public officials are servant-leaders and must have integrity in all they do. My family values, my religious foundation, and my education instilled a sense of service to New Jersey and duty to our nation. I am running for office to protect our democracy at a time of great uncertainty. My approach to solving complex problems is guided by my ethical and democratic values.
Integrity and Ethics
We are now a politically divided nation where compromise has somehow become unacceptable. Constituents who are passionate about single issues demand their representatives support those issues to the exclusion of all else. It is no wonder that Congressional Representatives have come to see compromise as a betrayal of their party. But it is not; compromise is an important skill necessary to pass legislation in a two-party system. Having integrity and a high ethical code allows legislators to represent many types of people. I will be honorable in my actions, build consensus through decency, and be a steward for all citizens in my district.
Without trust in elected officials, our democracy fails. Powerful financial backers are able to influence members of government, who in turn influence the gerrymandering of districts. As your Representative, I will fight to reverse the effects Citizen’s United, reform campaign finance laws, and support reforms to limit gerrymandering. I pledge not to accept money from corporate PACs. Greater public financing of elections would disengage elected officials from constant fundraising, giving them more time to govern and develop innovative public policies. Private donations saved through campaign finance reform could go to more direct public benefit.
Our government could be just as diverse as our great nation’s people are. Congressional leadership assignments and positions on committees should be based on expertise, not seniority. Incumbents enjoy an advantage in elections that harms our democracy by limiting the diversity of voices that serve our country. This advantage should only be enjoyed for a limited number of years in the form of term limits for Congress.