WHY 2012: Firsts
I know the power of women firsthand. My mother fled from abuse and overcame discrimination, all while building a family and an honorable career in public service. Her example, her leadership, and her focus provide much of the drive behind my own commitment to public service. This election year I am thrilled to be one of a record number of extraordinary women that EMILY's List is supporting for Senate. I am seeking to make history by running to be the first woman Senator from the great state of Hawaii. EMILY's List has the power to help support women on the national, state and local levels -- both financially and strategically -- by allowing us to build strong campaigns and fight against the same old boy's club politics. With only 17% of the Senate comprised of women, there is no way we can govern representatively and effectively. That is why together, in 2012,we will make a real difference by electing more progressive women into office.
I have witnessed firsthand how EMILY's List women have made groundbreaking progress as leaders on the critical issues that affect women and families in all facets of our lives. Since being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, I have made it a priority to focus on job creation and improving the state of our nation's economy. I support progressive legislation that improves the quality of life of my constituents by working to strengthen our education, transportation and infrastructure systems. And I fight tooth and nail against Republican anti-family, anti-woman legislation. Now, in 2012, as I proudly run for Senator, I will continue to fight on behalf of the women and families in Hawaii as I have in Congress for years.
We all know that our nation faces tough decisions, and I believe it is important to elect more progressive women into office. Women's leadership brings change, a willingness to focus on results and the ability to get things done. When there are more progressive women in office -- and there will be -- not only will the culture of Washington improve, but the quality of life for our constituents will improve as we stand up for a better America.