I reject the notion that when I belong to a group, I must support everything about the group. Group or party affiliation does not define me. I am my own person. I think for myself. I do not let others think for me. I will judge each situation on its own merit. Whenever I find that my values, education, and experience do not align with a specific position that my party leaders have taken, I will vocalize that opposition and state the reasons for my opposition. I will talk privately with my party's leaders in hopes of persuading them from making a decision that would negatively affect our nation, specifically my constituents. I will respectfully debate the issue publicly on the House Floor.
I was raised to chart my own course through life and to not follow the crowd. My loyalty is with my constituents, not my party leaders. The oath I will take on January 3, 2021 is an oath to the Constitution, not my party leaders. When you vote for me, you are voting for an individual, not a party.