I have always felt a commitment to be responsible, to follow the path of dharma, to pursue justice and promote pluralism, which is why I’ve always served my community—whether as a PTA mom, a local official, or a state legislator. Standing up for my neighbors and constituents, especially the vulnerable and underserved, is such an important and rewarding part of my job.
I want to engage my constituents and the young people of Michigan in democracy. Democracy is about dialogue and finding common ground, but that means giving everyone a seat at the table and an opportunity to contribute. Future leaders, especially women and girls, need to see people like them in prominent roles, and need to be trained on creating dialogue in their communities. I’m honored to be in a position where I can teach the next generation about leadership and make our government more accessible, understandable, and transparent for them.
I believe women are essential to changing the way our government works and is perceived. At a time of so much division, we build relationships, seek out multiple perspectives on issues, take a grassroots approach to community engagement, and earn trust through hard work. Finding common ground is key to making policy that creates opportunity for all, and women leaders have demonstrated that it’s one of the things we do best.