I am often asked how I became involved in politics. As a lifelong Democrat and grassroots activist, it's hard to remember a time in my life when I wasn't engaged in some kind of political or local initiative. Advocating for progressive causes and giving back to my community has always been innate to me.
I was born in Brooklyn, where most of my family resides, and I spent my childhood in Staten Island until age eleven and then Northwest New Jersey until age seventeen. I then moved back to New York City to attend Pace University, and I've lived in Manhattan’s Upper East Side for the majority of my adult life. I come from a beautifully diverse family and my mother, a former New York City public school teacher, taught me and my siblings to keep an open mind and heart, to be humble and kind, and to treat everyone equally
In grade school and high school, you could find me volunteering and organizing within my school. My childhood activism followed me to college, where I established student women’s organizations, founded and served as the first President of the governing body for the residence halls, and worked as a development intern for a nonprofit women’s news organization. I later volunteered with NOW-NYC and NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and in 2012, I organized and led Hurricane Sandy relief groups in The Rockaways.
Though I remained politically engaged throughout adulthood, the 2016 Election was a turning point for me. Like many of my fellow Democrats, I was left in a state of disbelief and shock, wondering, “How did we let this happen?”. I felt let down by my Party, and it was a haunting reminder that we must never become complacent in order maintain progress, even in blue states like New York.
I mourned for our loss and feared for our future. But I knew that complacency was not an option. I turned my fear into fight.
Since then, I have been dedicated to local political efforts and I have witnessed the powerful impact that grassroots work has on our community, and I even watched my parents become more involved and be elected co-Democratic District Leaders in their town! We’ve even seen the global effect these grassroots efforts have, with the Women’s March, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, and the Parkland students' activism for gun control, but this administration reminds us daily that we still have a long battle ahead and how critical it will be to keep states like New York progressive.
I am running for Democratic State Committee because I believe our Party has failed to live up to its values, and that Democratic voters are taken advantage of by politicians. In order to fight back against Republicans and to change the future of our Party at all levels, we need a Democratic Party that is strong, active, and transparent, a Party that is as progressive and democratic as the values we as Democrats embody. We need a Party that ensures we elect progressives to all levels of government and that we involve those who may not have always been politically engaged in the democratic process. We need a Party that never leaves voters behind.
If elected, I promise to push for reform within the Party, to continue encouraging local activism, and to be the progressive voice that we need. All politics is local, and it starts here.
I hope to have your vote on Thursday, September 13th.