When I look at my fellow Wyomingites, I don't see millionaires, I see everyday, hardworking people who want to do what's right for their families and their neighbors.
We are tough, we are humble, we are invested in our communities and our way of life. And we deserve to be represented by someone who shares those values, those experiences that make our state great.
That's the type of candidate I am - a regular person. I may be running for Congress, but that's only part of who I am. I'm an indigenous woman, a single mom, a 9-5 worker, and a community advocate.
I know what it means to be without health insurance, without a job, even without a home. I know what it feels like to look at the budget and see "too much month at the end of the money." My family and friends are ranchers, oil workers, and miners; my roots in the Wind River Reservation are deep, and my love for Wyoming and her people is strong.
I really don't care about what the media or "conventional wisdom" say about the chances a Democrat has of winning this election. I don't think the party system serves us. The bottom line is we deserve to be represented by someone who looks like us, talks like us, and lives with us. We deserve to be represented by someone who will listen to everyone, seek justice and fairness, and bring everyone to the table to work together to solve our problems. If that's what you want, you belong in our movement.
All my life I've ignored partisanship and worked with anyone and everyone to get things done. I've testified before Congress to pass bills protecting the grizzly, worked to end child sex trafficking and the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I've presented at conferences, spoken at universities all over the country, and made my voice heard, building bridges and coalitions to get good things done.
That's the type of Representative I'll be - one who brings people to the table, one who listens to all her constituents, one who works hard every day to help make Wyomingites' lives better, no matter how much you make or how well-connected you are; no matter how long you or your family have lived here, no matter what you look like, who you love, or what faith you follow.
I hope to see you in my journeys across the state, at community events or even at your front door, so we can talk together and to truly earn your vote on August 16, and again on November 8.