"This country is moving and it must not stop. For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do."
As your Senator I will fight for you, as I have fought my entire life. I will fight for those who work hard and deserve to be treated fairly and equally, but I will also fight for those who cannot work hard, and are marginalized and oppressed by a broken system. I have spent my life working for those less able to manage, from practicing medicine and surgery in Africa, Asia and Mississippi, to advocating for transgender and gay persons, abused women, the developmentally disabled and mentally ill, and those unable to move up the economic ladder because of paycheck stinginess and tax unfairness. For the past decade I have worked 24/7 to create a better world. The work of repairing the world, known in the Jewish ethical and social justice tradition as tikkun olam, is incumbent upon us all. How we treat the least amongst us is the gauge of our decency as a people.
We have to rebuild the great middle class, guaranteeing that we have the means and opportunity to achieve decent and productive lives, and are in a position to then help those who cannot. We must nurture those with special gifts, and build the social and political systems that will bring us closer to a future where everyone can fulfill her dream.
I live authentically, and act with integrity. With your help, when elected I will be the first legislator in American history who happens to be transgender. I take that responsibility seriously, and will do my best to set the highest standard. Being the first is never easy, but the challenge is a worthwhile one, which I readily embrace. I fully understand that being a representative means representing everyone.
I have engaged many in an effort to make our culture and our neighborhoods more progressive. As your representative I will use my experience, skills, and political capital to continue that work. I don’t shrink from challenges, I don’t fear anyone. I work hard, treat each person with respect, reach across the aisle and cultures to bring everyone together, because at root we are all driven by the same needs: to love and be loved, to have productive work to support ourselves and our families, and to have hope that the future will be better for our children.
The quote at the top is from a speech to have been given by President Kennedy on the evening of November 22, 1963. It still rings true.