I grew up in a single-mother household and depended on food stamps to get fed. Through generous government aid, I became the first person in my family to go to college and receive a graduate degree.
Public aid enabled me to be where I am today, and I believe in fighting for these programs to continue to help Americans in need.
My grandfather worked hard many years for John Deere when most folks went straight to work out of high school and carved out a decent living. Manufacturing jobs have grown fewer and fewer, the middle class has shrunk, and young people face numerous financial challenges to start their careers.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos wants to fight for a level-playing field for everyone – so ordinary Americans have the means to do well for themselves, regardless of changing times. She wants to keep the unemployment rate in check and keep vital manufacturing jobs in the 17th District.
Cheri has been involved in revitalizing industry and fighting to remove frivolous regulations for small businesses. I believe Cheri will fight to keep these government programs and jobs that meant so much to me, my mother, and my grandfather.
That is why I will support her on Nov. 4.