42nd US CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
My name is Regina Marston, and “we the people” had lost our power and voice our public servants and government officials. Many of these people took advantage of that disconnected populace and began to run our cities and counties as if they had no accountability to their constituents. This is exactly what has happened with Ken Calvert. He has forgotten that he is our “public servant” not our “public celebrity.”
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. My dad was a professional country and bluegrass musician who played on the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville was a small town back in the 60s and 70s and everyone in country music was involved in politics. As a teenager, I worked alongside my dad for every campaign for Al Gore Jr. In high school, I was part of the Young Democrats Club and I worked as a canvasser for the Jimmy Carter campaign in college. I worked for the Clinton campaign in Orange County, FL as a communications volunteer, which basically meant I coordinated a few events and did some phone banking!
As a woman who came of age in the 1970s, I believed I could do anything I set my mind to. I am tenacious, organized, detail oriented, passionate, and some may consider me “aggressive.” I understand how to navigate highly political and tenuous situations with a lot of passionate stakeholders. And I almost always bring them together in a way that makes everyone at the table feel their voices were heard, their concerns addressed, their needs were met, and that they mattered throughout the process. If you’ll join me on this journey, I promise I’ll make sure your voice matters. Help me go to Congress as your public servant and we can be the difference this region deserves.
42nd US CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Dr. Liam O'Mara
I’m Liam O’Mara, and I’m running for Congress. I may not look like your average politician, but let me tell you who I am and what I can do for you.
I’m a working class kid from a union family. My great-grandfather helped found the ILWU and my father is retiring after fifty years on the waterfront. My mother runs a daycare and is in SEIU. I never expected to go to college, and didn’t until I was thirty years old. Before that I worked as a fry cook, a longshoreman, and a computer nerd. But I saved my money, took on student loans, and I finished a Ph.D. in history. I’ve been teaching college now for ten years, and my students have taught me a lot about where we are as a society.
My story is the American story – an up-from-the-bootstraps success. But it is much harder than it used to be, and getting harder. Wages have been stagnant for forty years even as costs have risen. Decent housing and a good job are out of reach for ever more people. Health care costs have exploded. And all while productivity climbs and corporations make record profits. The American Dream is dying, and our politicians have been killing it.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Washington used to understand how to balance sustainable growth and the interests of society. I’m running to make sure it gets back to work. I want Medicare for all, so people can move jobs without losing benefits, and millions of people can stop relying on emergency rooms to get the care they need. I want paid sick and family leave for all, like every other developed country offers, so people don’t have to choose between their health and their rent. I want a $15 an hour minimum wage, so that people working full time can afford a dignified and independent life, and so their spending can drive growth. I want tuition-free public colleges, so that our young people can pick up the skills they need for a 21st century economy.
Together we can build an America that works for all of us, not just the lucky few. My loyalty is to the American people, not the special interests, so I won’t be taking Super PAC money. Help us make real change possible. For the price of a coffee each month, you can support my campaign and other folks like me, and change the direction in Washington. The American Dream is for all of us. Help me fight to restore that promise.