As a mother of three teenage boys, I was devastated by the outcome of the 2016 election. Determined not to succumb to depression, I made the trek to Washington, D.C. with a few hundred thousand of my sisters on the day after the inauguration – no longer just a person who voted blue but taking action to build a better future for my children. The 2020 election has offered up a dizzying number of candidates and I sought to find the one who has the ability to bring our country together to overcome the urgent challenges we are facing. My search took me to The Breakfast Club radio show on YouTube.
This is where I found Pete Buttigieg. I was immediately drawn to this young man from the Midwest. He was calm and confident and incredibly intelligent. I listened as he spoke of uniting the country instead of driving more partisan wedges between us. As a Christian, I loved how he practiced his faith through justice, service and acceptance. I began to soak up everything from “Mayor Pete.” Soon I realized my search for a candidate was over. The Harvard graduate, Rhodes scholar, war veteran and millennial mayor from South Bend has my full support.
As an Air Force mom, I can sleep well knowing that my oldest son’s commander-in-chief will not send him into an endless war without a mission. His National Service plan is a way for my middle son to experience service to country without having to join the military. As a pro-choice female, I love that Pete is a feminist who trusts women to decide what is best for their health care. He delivers each of his progressive policies in a realistic package that brings moderates, independents and even those right of center together.
Since early May, I have volunteered and hosted several events in South Carolina for Pete. He will soon be back, and I will continue to work to get him elected. Pete has become my anti-depressant. He gives me hope.