Candace explaining her support for teachers and our public school
Why I Ran for Office
My story is similar to a lot of Americans.
I grew up in Philadelphia. My family didn’t have a lot of money. My grandparents helped support my mom and dad when I was a young child. My parents went to college during my childhood. There were times where they struggled to put food on the table, which is why they needed my grandparents’ support.
We got through it, but not without struggle and help from others.
I remember my parents working minimum wage jobs until they finished their college educations. My mom was a cashier while my dad worked in a factory (Nabisco, to be precise).
They couldn’t afford to buy a home until I was 10 years old.
Fast forward to my own adulthood: I met my husband while I was living in Florida after high school, working at a non-profit organization. We got married quite young: 20 and 21. We thought we’d work at that organization forever and wouldn’t need to go to college; however, for reasons too long to address here, we decided to leave that organization, and found out how poor the employment market can be.
We had our first child when I was 22. Soon after, I began college. My husband was fortunate to get a job that paid a livable income. I, however, could not because I was a college student. I ended up working minimum wage positions for many years. It’s only due to my husband’s job that I was able to go to college: but we are well aware that this is something not achievable to many.
Even with his job, we were able to get by because we lived in the town where my husband grew up, which was rural upstate New York. Cost of living was quite low. We were able to buy our home when my oldest son was 5.
By the time I completed two bachelor’s degrees, my children were 8 and 1. I was finally able to enter the work force with a livable income.
Being in rural New York, my husband’s job downsized, he ultimately got laid off, and couldn’t find a similar position. We moved to New Hampshire, as there were jobs here, as well as some family. We enjoy our life here very much.
I ran for office because I have first-hand experience with the struggles many families face:
Wages that don’t keep up with cost-of-living
Families needing services like WIC and state health insurance/Medicaid
College being unaffordable to many, or people having to sacrifice to take out student loans, and the loans encumber them for many years afterwards
Housing affordability is difficult when wages don’t keep up
Families need to ensure their children get a proper K-12 education
Families can’t afford ever-increasing costs like property taxes and rent increases, particularly when wages don’t follow
The only way to solve these problems – and others – is through proper policy. As a legislator, my promise to the voters is that I would put THEM first. I advocate for PEOPLE, not corporations. We can’t be giving tax breaks to the wealthy and the businesses while making the taxpayers suffer and bear the costs.
My goals are to enable the people of New Hampshire to live a life free of the burdens that currently entangle them.