Politics should be about making a difference in peoples’ lives. However, lately it seems like we need more than that. I think the current state of politics in Colorado and America has created a need for a new resistance political movement of fresh-faced fighters to stand up and push back against the extremism, xenophobia, and fear being injected into our politics.
Our government should be a government whose foremost priority is the will and protection of the people. I am running to represent District 32 because I believe it is time to remind the legislature of the true will of the people.
I have always been invested in the development of a prosperous Colorado for EVERYONE. I am a Colorado native, born in Denver at Swedish hospital. I spent my early years living in the Bible Park area with my parents and two sisters. My yiayia (grandma in Greek) would care for me most days while my parents were at work, and we shared an unbreakable bond. My family then moved to Highlands Ranch around my 6th birthday. I went on to graduate from Mountain Vista High school and CU Boulder in 7 years obtaining a degree in Political Science.
In college a professor assigned Henry Thoreau’s On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, and it became my guide in a way. Soon after, I chose to take a more active role in politics and social issues on campus. I volunteered to register people to vote, ran for student government, and began advocating for the ideas shared by the millennial generation. I protested for equal rights for all and became increasingly passionate about expanding and testing our 1st amendment rights. I chose to stand up and speak out about how this new, ultra conservative, Koch Brothers, “Liberty Caucus,” Republican agenda is destroying Coloradan values, and is harming the most vulnerable people in our state.
Upon graduating I elected to explore the world. I lived with my family in London for a short period. I connected with my Cypriot roots in the Greek Mediterranean. I scoured Europe, saw the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, celebrated Songkran in streets of Thailand, climbed to the top of the Burj Khalifa, and wandered the Italian countryside. I chose to learn about the world by experiencing it. All of my travels presented many diverse examples of how government can take care of and protect their citizens in different, creative, and innovative ways.
When I returned I began living a more regimented lifestyle, and began working with the Elway Automotive group. However, last year, when I realized the Republican Party was willing to stoop to any means necessary to elect Donald Trump and this corporate welfare agenda, even if it meant overlooking collusion by the Russian government and possible treason by their party leader to achieve victory, I decided I had to do something. I applied with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to work as a field organizer doing whatever I could to prevent this from happening. When Hillary lost, I was beside I resumed my career in the automotive industry, and I began developing a vision for what the future of this country could look like.
I have decided now that it is time to stand up for the people and say that what the Republican Party is doing to America and to Colorado is not normal. It is time to stand up and say that TABOR is suffocating our state. It is time to stand up and say that we must take care of our teachers and to fix our education system, to invest in our infrastructure, to protect our environment and our immigrant residents, and to get corporate money out of politics once and for all. We must do more than take to the streets. It is time for a new generation of the Democratic Party to volunteer and take responsibility for the problems we did not necessarily create. I am ready to stand up and be the voice of the people of Colorado. To be a voice for you and for your loved ones. I can’t wait to fight this good fight with each and every one of you.