I am writing today to share some very exciting news with you -- I've decided to run to represent San Diego's 52nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. We've had enough of the gridlock and the blame game. It's time to get something done. It's time for a change.
Some of our Representatives, including the incumbent, Brian Bilbray, have worked in the Beltway for so long, they've forgotten they work for the people back home. The unrelenting partisanship in Congress has put our economy at even greater risk at a time when families already face unemployment and uncertainty at levels most have never experienced. We deserve better. I am proud of my record in public service as an independent and reasonable voice working to achieve results, and I'll bring that approach to Washington to help end the gridlock which has hamstrung our current Congress.
The American people -- especially San Diegans -- don't care about party politics as much as they care about their jobs, their quality of life and their children's futures. They are embarrassed and worried that our national Representatives can't put aside their personal politics and put the people they represent first.
I learned from my parents that each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to help others, to make a difference, and to stand up for what's right, even when it's not easy. This country has given me so much -- a great public education, a beautiful community and tremendous freedom and opportunity. I want our kids and our grandkids to have the same.
As I've told my children, the only time you lose is when you don't try. The time is right for San Diegans to have new representation in Washington.
The next thirteen months will be both a very exciting and trying time for my family and me. It will not be easy. But I am committed, and with your help, we will be successful. We share and hold dear many of the same principles that make our region and our nation so great. I hope I can count on your support.
p.s. -- this will be an uphill fight, but I know with your help, we can make it happen. Visit our web site today to find out what you can do to help me bring real change to Washington!