As your Congresswoman, I will use that spirit of determination, along with all my strength and energy to fight for and with you, Arizona, and the great country we all love. There will always be extremes, left and right, but I will use my hard-earned wisdom to reach out to both sides to end the division that has blocked our government’s ability to get things done. All of us have a role to play to bridge that gap and all of us must work together to achieve collaboration and consensus.
Over the course of my years as a professional counselor I grew in the ability to listen to the people who came to me for help, not only to their words but to what was in their hearts. I learned to listen to people who want solutions to issues that confront them every day. And, in order to reach more people, I created workshops, published magazine articles, and spent hours encouraging people to heal relationships, comforting them through grief, supporting strong families and marriages, and empowering men and women to improve their lives through education. As your Congresswoman I will bring those skills of listening, healing and transformation to reach across the aisle to all political parties so we can work together to get done what you want for your lives.
One of my proudest achievements came when, at 50 years of age, I decided to backpack the Grand Canyon. I joined a go-at-your-own-pace group, learned how to minimize my load, and spent three days hiking the switchbacks.
I will never forget when back on the rim at the end of the journey, I turned around, looked back at where I’d been and how far I had come and said to myself, “If I can do this, I can do anything.”