As a native of California, my formative years were spent in the suburbs of LA then my family moved inland. High school was when I decided to pursue a career in nursing while caring for my favorite aunt during her final stage of cancer. For nearly 40 years, I have worked as a Registered Nurse, healthcare leader, and most recently as an elected official on the Board of the Morongo Basin Health Care District and have dedicated my life and career to public service in my community. As the current Director of Operations and Clinical Services for Pamorris Healthcare Solutions, I’m responsible for opening HIV clinics across the United States. For the past 12 years, I have lived in the beautiful community of Joshua Tree and understand the importance and diversity of our desert ecosystem.
I am not a career politician: I was moved to run for office when our local hospital was under threat of closing in 2013 and I knew the closure of our hospital would be catastrophic, resulting in deaths, severe job losses to our community and economic disaster. As a problem solver, I ran and was elected to the Board of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District in 2014. Working together with a very diverse team, we were able to save our hospital, along with 600 jobs, and we brought the MBHD back from near-bankruptcy to financial stability, with a reserve of $15 million, while expanding outpatient healthcare in our two federally qualified health clinics -- all of this in just 3 years!
After the November 2016 election I was shocked, horrified, and fearful of what would become of our country. This, along with my long career in healthcare, led me to author a plan to fix the problems with the ACA as well as a prudent way to pay for those fixes. After 3 months of attempting to meet with my Congressional representative, I finally was able to sit down with him and discuss the plan. He listened yet took no action. I was disappointed but not surprised.
On the night before the most recent healthcare bill was to be voted on in Congress, Mr. Cook’s staff asked me to analyze the House healthcare bill. I provided a point-by-point analysis and clearly stressed that the bill covered fewer people and did not save money. I advised him to vote against the bill, but he caved to partisan politics and voted for the bill. When I confronted him a few weeks later to ask why, he replied, “It doesn't matter!”
Since when does the health insurance of 115,000 people not matter? Or when does a Congressional vote not matter? And now we have witnessed how the Senate bill was even more damaging to healthcare coverage for our constituents.
It was at this point that I realized that the people in our district had to be protected from destructive policies that would certainly hurt the people of our district and that we needed a voice in Congress. Clearly, Cook has no interest in the needs of his district or arriving at a solution for the good of his constituents. He has no interest in even listening to his people’s concerns since he refuses to hold open Town Hall Meetings. It was then that I realized that Paul Cook’s only interest was with his rich donors and making their bank accounts fatter! And that is when I decided to run.
I am committed to finding solutions for universal healthcare, living wage jobs, social justice, and, as one pillar of our economy is dependent on tourism, maintaining and protecting our environment for future generations to ensure that our small businesses are protected as well. We also must take active steps to address institutionalized racism in all its forms.
We are raising money from individual donors and only from PACs that reflect our values. We are not taking money from corporate interests. We are not taking money from those who seek to destroy our communities. But as you well know, if we are to get our message out, we need resources.
Together, with a lot of hard work and commitment, we can win this race and give the 8th Congressional District a real voice in Congress. But it can only happen with your support. Please be generous with your time and your resources and donate today so we put a stop to the destructive policies of our rubber stamp representative, Get Out The Vote in our desert and mountain communities and Flip the 8th!
Learn About Congressional District 8
Amboy, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Aspen Springs, Baker, Barstow, Belfort, Benton, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big Pine, Big River, Bishop, Bluewater, Bridgeport, Cadiz, Calimesa, Cartago, Chalfant, Coleville, Crestline, Crowley Lake, Darwin, Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek, Flamingo Heights, Fort Irwin, Furnace Creek, Yucca Valley, Hesperia, Highland, Homestead Valley, Homewood Canyon, Independence, Joshua Tree, June Lake, Keeler, Lake Arrowhead, Landers, Lee Vining, Lenwood, Lone Pine, Lucerne Valley, Lytle Creek, Mammoth Lakes, McGee Creek, Mentone, Mesa, Mono City, Morongo Valley, Mountain View Acres, Mt Baldy, Needles, Newberry Springs, Oak Glen, Oak Hills, Olancha, Paradise, Pearsonville, Phelan, Pinion Hills, Redlands (parts), San Bernardino (parts) Round Valley, Running Springs, Searles Valley, Shoshone, Silver Lakes, Spring Valley Lake, Sunny Slopes, Small Meadows, Tecopa, Tom’s Place, Topaz, Trona, Twentynine Palms, Valley Wells, Walker, West Bishop, Wilkerson, Wonder Valley, Wrightwood, Victorville, Yermo, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley are in California’s 8th district. I want to represent you in Congress!
As a nurse for nearly four decades, healthcare leader and an elected official on the Board of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District, my concerns for the health and well being of everyone in my community stretches 33,000 miles from the desert and mountain communities of the Inland Empire, High Desert and Eastern Sierra, to Mt Baldy, Highland, Victorville, Barstow and Bishop. The 8th Congressional District is a world-renowned tourist destination region filled with millions of acres of natural wonder, unparalleled beauty, and pristine lands including in Joshua Tree, Big Bear, Death Valley, Mt Whitney and Mammoth Lakes. The 8th District is home to the largest military training centers in the country, including Twentynine Palms, Mountain Warfare Center, and Fort Irwin. Please join me on this campaign to reclaim our country and take back our democracy!