THIS PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN DOES NOT ACCEPT CORPORATE MONEY
As a very average, modest income American, I earn a wage that barely covers expenses. My medical coverage through my employer is modest at best, issued by a fairly incompetent medical insurance provider, and overly complicated. I am exactly one paycheck away from financial distress, with a one-child family to support. It has been this way for my entire life (except for the family, that is just the past five years), as I do not come from money. I feel like this story might resonate with many people, hopefully from the North Country, NY21, as well.
I was born in San Francisco in 1975 to a single mother. I never knew my father. I lived in Santa Rosa, CA until the age of 5, when my mother moved us to Garberville, CA. I grew up there, in a rural mountain-scape similar to the Adirondack region of New York. Though our Redwood trees are much bigger, as are our mountain ranges, they are comparable, so I enjoy living in the North Country. I lived in a trailer from the age of five until the age of nine, as my mother eked out a meager wage as a dictation typist for the local health center.
I have lived all over California, as well as Chicago and Virginia, prior to moving to Saratoga Springs, NY in 2012. I have lived in Wilton since 2016. You can say I got to know my own country pretty well, growing up in California, spending six years living in Chicago, then Virginia for six years, and now Upstate NY. I love this country to pieces, though it has some serious issues. One major issue we have is the lack of a living wage. I've worked my entire life, and have never been able to get ahead. It's always felt like I was at risk, financially, always afraid the other shoe would drop.
Another serious obstacle to a free and fulfilling life in the US of A, is the crudest healthcare system besides maybe Russia, or Somalia. I have just recently got rid of collections debt after years of struggling with ONE medical incident, and that was WITH health insurance from an employer. I don't know about you, but it sure doesn't feel like we are living in the richest country in the world. Not one that gives a damn about its working class citizenry, at any rate.
I have always been concerned about our planet, even from a very young age. At 8 years old I swore off of McDonald's due to the fact that they were getting their beef on the cheep from clear-cutting the Amazon forest for grazing pastures. Even from that young age in the 1980s, it was obvious to be that climate change was a very serious issue. I hope to sell NY21 on the idea that Regenerative Farming practices are not only good for the environment, the climate, and for people, but for their long-term economic growth as well, for generations of farmers to come. And yes, that includes dairy farming. My support of a corporate tax and a wealth tax as well as generous federal tax credits and subsidies to aid the agricultural sector modernize to sustainable farming practices will have great appeal to the farmers of NY21.