Somewhere along the way, multimillionaires and political insiders have convinced us to believe they're anti-establishment candidates. What we've been left with is a wall of corruption, self-dealing in D.C., and silenced communities here at home. We're going to change that, together.
WE'RE GOING TO RUN A DIFFERENT KIND OF CAMPAIGN
The average net worth for Congressional lawmakers is $1 million. So it's safe to say I'll bring that number down quite a bit when I'm elected. I'm not a millionaire. My family doesn't have any buildings named after us, though the City of Hulbert did put my great-uncle's name on a bench in front of city hall.
We'll focus on building, strengthening and listening to community with every action we take. As the first Native woman and Millennial to represent Oklahoma in Congress, I recognize the opportunity for us all to achieve real change through this campaign. My family tree is full of farmers, service members, blue-collar workers, union members, and folks who are happier outside of the city. My ancestors, like many of yours, survived forced removal, Indian boarding schools, war, and pre-ICWA adoption. My heart is in this land. That's why I'm going to fight for it.
No corporate PAC money. No D.C. consultants. We're going to do this right.
I moved out of Oklahoma for the first and last time in 2016. Both of my sons were born in the middle of the Mojave Desert on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. My then-husband deployed a month before I had our first son, and I went through some of life's biggest events with neighbors who became family.
The military spouse community repaired my faith in the goodness of people. Even in the most politically charged environment, we put common interests and community safety above all else. We supported each other, helped raise each other's kids, and organized baby showers for people we barely knew.
When I started driving two hours each way to work in the Inland Empire, I found a community that was organized, passionate and powerful. With their support, I planned a food + baby supply drive for the Coast Guard and led a group of volunteers to clean bathrooms and take trash from the overfilled dumpsters at Joshua Tree National Park during the 2019 government shutdown.
When ICE agents started leaving migrant families at Greyhound Stations by the van-full, I collected and delivered car seats, clothing, and hygiene products from neighbors on base. Volunteering to drive families from the Greyhound Station to different staging areas for help changed everything about what I understood my purpose in life to be.
I've been running on all cylinders ever since.
I'm grateful everyday I wake up on this side of the dirt. I've been in positions to give and receive support. I've been a GT kid, a high school drop-out, a homeless teen, and later graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science and earned a master's degree in strategic communications with distinction.
Becoming a mom changed my entire perspective on my responsibility to act. I was no longer willing to sit at home lost in my own fears, frustration, and doubt. Together, we've gone toe-to-toe with people in power - at city hall, in the press, online and in the streets - demanding accountability, transparency and justice.
I found ways to overcome unmet needs, economic hardship, and missed opportunities for intervention. I've survived sexual assault, harassment and exploitation. I've been knocked down more times than I can remember, but that's what makes this campaign so powerful. We each bring our strengths to this team, and there's power in understanding the value we each hold in a movement.