Some of you are already aware of this, but for those who aren’t, I have decided to run for State Senate in Indiana. For too long the Republicans have held the majority in this state. Since they have taken control not a single law has been passed to benefit the people, only laws that benefit large corporations. They continue to pass bills each year that take away from our public schools, hurt our wages, discriminate against the LGBTQ community, especially transgender people. It is time to turn Indiana blue and put the people first regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The time is now to put an end to the corruption, hate, and violence.

In Indiana you can order a military grade weapon via mail with no background check, age verification, with no serial numbers. Completely unregistered and untraceable and allowed by current law. In Indiana it is perfectly legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people. In Indiana there are more laws protecting corporations, and politicians than the LGBTQ community and people of color combined.

During a Cracker Barrel Session this past Saturday our lawmakers answered questions to the public. When asked about a hate crime bill that excludes transgender people, Senator Jon Ford stated that he does not believe that any law will protect transgender people, yet he believes it will protect others, so he sees no reason to list transgender people as a protected group. Blatant discrimination, transphobia, bigotry, whatever you choose to call it. He said these things publicly. It is very clear at this point that he only cares about people that fall into certain categories, he does not care for all those he was elected to represent. How is it that this type of behavior is permissible anywhere in the United States in this day and age? Our elected officials are supposed to be held to a higher standard, to be role models, and to lead by example. With a Republican majority in the United States Senate we are seeing mass shootings almost daily, white supremacists, rapists and sex criminals set free, children dying at the border. This is the example the GOP are setting. This is the new normal. As Americans we need to unite and elect people whom will represent us, the people, not the big corporations that support them financially. We need to remember what every fallen soldier gave their life for, what are forefathers founded this country to be. A place where everyone is created equal and endowed with inalienable rights. Where one person’s religion doesn’t make them better than anyone else. A nation of immigrants looking for a better life, free of rulers and dictators.

We have fallen far as a nation and it will take a lot of food people a lot of time, hard work, and sleepless nights to fix it, but it has to start with you. Your vote is more important now than ever before in history. No matter what it takes, make sure you get out and vote. Let’s make sure we have another blue wave that washes America clean of the filth.

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