If we as Americans want a true democracy, we should allow for more people from the middle and working classes to have a stronger voice in their government. I believe in the idea that our representatives in Congress should be elected by the voters in their district to go and share ideas that can help make our country and our districts better. |
Unfortunately, if you do not come from wealth, if you do not have political connections, and unless you can become a full-time politician without holding a job, most Americans will have a very difficult time getting elected to office.
It is hard enough to build up support from the people and sacrifice all of your time to run for office, but to have to go through some of the odd twists that this primary has seen has made it obvious that our democratic system of elections is losing its credibility. Two candidates were asked to leave the race by a U.S. senator who then endorsed another candidate. The leading candidate bowed out and three remained.
As hundreds of thousands of dollars began to enter into this primary, many people started to put faith in money instead of the candidates. I had to dig deep to find why I was putting my family through this and review my two options. I could quit or I could roll up my sleeves and keep fighting for a chance to bring decency back to politics!
Here I stand after nine tough months of campaigning and I am proud to be standing here with a shot at being the Democratic nominee for Congress!
I am here to show our district that I will not quit and I am here because I want to serve our district's needs.
I do not have a magic wand that will solve all of our problems but what I can do is take my experience to create solutions that will protect Social Security and Medicare. I will work to create jobs through incentives that will truly reward the job creators and would penalize companies who feel that their overseas profit are more important than our nation's well-being. I will fight to make education more attainable for Americans and most importantly I will never forget my true boss and that is you, the individuals of my district.
In closing, I am not a professional politician but I would like to be your public servant. I am not wealthy, but I do go work every day so that I can pay my bills. I am not a member of the wealthy elite, I am one of you. I am a person of the working class who believes that as your representative I must listen to your needs so that I can help create an environment where all Americans can pursue a life of liberty and happiness.
Greg Aguilar, director of multicultural services at Augustana College, is a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 17th District.
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