Katie Hill talks about growing up in this district just outside of Los Angeles and how she loves owning a small farm here. She talks about her career helping the homeless and now, her run for Congress in California’s 25th District.
When we asked Katie how she got involved with the PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) Program, she had this to say:
“I was planning on becoming a nurse like mom and grandmothers. When I worked in the emergency room for 2 years, I quickly realized the social issues that landed people there. I was not necessarily their physical problems, but mental health, substance abuse, foster care and poverty. You just can’t fix those problems from the ER.”
“I Decided that I wanted to work on the non profit side before people end up in the emergency room. It all started because I held the hand of a 17 year old gang member, (shot multiple times) as he died. It was an experience that really impacted me.”
“I ended up at PATH, the largest homeless services in California. I was there for almost 8 years. The last several of those, I was the Executive Director. We literally helped get thousands of people off the streets every year.”
It’s been an exhilarating week in Texas. Interviewing each candidate as we travel across the U.S. is a unique experience. We always feel a connection. Here’s the recap of our Texas adventure:
•Wednesday: We flew in to Austin and drove up to Cedar Park and interviewed Dr. Christine Mann.
•Thursday: We drove down to San Antonio and interviewed Gina Ortiz Jones.
•Friday: We flew to Houston and interviewed Lizzie Fletcher.
•Saturday: Back to LA.
It was a whirlwind. As you’ll see in the videos, each candidate shared stories about their lives, what’s important to them and how and why they decided to run for political office.
Lizzie Fletcher loves her city, Houston, Texas. That’s one of the reasons she’s running for Congress in the 7th District. Like all of the women we interview, Lizzie is running for the first time.
When we asked her about the moment she decided to run, Lizzie had this to say:
“I wondered, ‘where are all the grownups? Where are the people who are supposed to be looking out for us?’ I went to a town hall last Spring and I thought, ‘I can do better. I want to. And I’m going to.'”
Gina Ortiz Jones talks about her mother’s impact on her life, getting an ROTC scholarship, being an Air Force Intelligence Officer in the military and now her political path in the 23rd District of Texas’s Congressional race.
When we asked her about the impact her mother has had on her life, Gina Ortiz Jones says, “My story starts 40 years ago when my mom came to this country. She wanted a chance at the American Dream. She told us ‘prepare yourself, work hard and give back.’ It was my mother’s example that showed me the importance of protecting the opportunities I was so fortunate to have being born in this Country.”
My mom and I reflect on flying from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, then driving up to Cedar Park to meet Christine. All in one day. Everything just fell into place. It’s the beginning of a busy, exciting week interviewing three more candidates.
Dr. Christine Mann shares about realizing her childhood dream of becoming a doctor and now running for Congress in Texas’s 31st district.
When we asked her about her childhood dream of being a doctor, Dr. Christine Mann says, “Growing up it was something I always wanted to do. It was about helping others.”
Then we asked her about that moment when she decided to run for Congress, Dr. Mann says, “After the 2016 election when I saw tables of white men making decisions for women I realized fewer than 20% of elective offices are held by women. I thought, ‘That is not right.'”
While we were at the Ludlow Cafe in Cincinnati interviewing the Cincinnati March for Our Lives organizer, Rasleen Krupp, Rachel Roberts stops by our table to talk about her run for the Kentucky State Senate.