In 2016, I ran as a Clean Elections candidate. My campaign was funded entirely by $5 donations from registered voters living in Legislative District 17.
During the last election cycle, the Clean Elections Commission sponsored an LD-17 candidate debate. I was the only candidate for State House who showed up to answer constituents’ questions in person.
I believe in the Clean Elections initiative because, first and foremost, it reduces the influence of special interests. It forces candidates to focus on what’s important to the people who are electing them—not special interest groups. Our electoral process is driven far too much by money and corporations, and not enough by what matters to ordinary people.
In 2018, I won’t be running as a Clean Elections candidate. While I will be running a more conventional fundraising campaign, my commitment to being a voice for people—and not special interests—is even stronger than before.