Thirteen years ago I had to rebuild my family and my career after a family crisis, and I focused on providing for and raising three kids. Now that my youngest is off to college, it’s time to pay forward all the help and support I received; to reinvest in Northern California what Northern California invested in me when I was at my lowest point. I want to demonstrate that qualified, tenacious, tough, and empathetic women candidates are ready to put our career experience and life experience to work in public service. I know that environmental conservation and renewable energy can drive economic growth and that each and every one of us deserves healthcare at an affordable cost. I want my tax dollars to support social, health, and arts programs as equally as they pay for national security. I want people to know that government is here to support your freedom and your opportunities.