She Fights for What is Right
I was born in Puerto Rico and later moved to New York City. Growing up, my mother was a business owner. She started a real estate company that helped dismantle long entrenched Co-Op boards which virtually controlled who could buy apartments and who could not. All of my childhood, I saw her work hard and slowly build a successful business. My father remained in Puerto Rico for most of my childhood. My visits there gave me a love of Puerto Rican culture and the Spanish language, which engendered a life-long desire to learn about other cultures and to appreciate diversity. Led by my grandfather in Minneapolis, our family has always been rooted in civic engagement and personal responsibility.
I went to Milton Academy for high school and then graduated with a BA in Political Science from St. Lawrence University. At both of these schools I received an excellent education with impactful teachers and an engaging community. It was at these schools where my passion for equal rights and social justice was ignited. At both schools, I sought out classes and teachers that nurtured in me a desire to be curious, to ask questions, and to challenge assumptions. I wrote for school papers, joined a Women’s Resource Center, tutored inmates at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, and worked for an Anti-Apartheid organization. I knew I wanted a life dedicated to making things better for people who are struggling under any form of oppression or marginalization.
In 2006, I got married and began exploring where to live and raise a family. We fell in love with Litchfield County, CT and moved up to Kent, then to Sharon, and finally settled in New Milford over 5 years ago. I am a substitute teacher at a nearby Montessori school where I am a class ambassador. In addition to being a fulltime mother, I am a volunteer and member of many local groups; Sandy Hook Promise, Mothers Out Front, and Western CT Civic Action to name a few. I was honored to be approved for, and am still, a mentor in the Norwalk Mentor Program, part of Human Services Council.
Our local economy needs forward looking leadership. I support legislation to help the economy of our district; infrastructure investments, transportation solutions, business development and retention, and technical and community college programs. I would lead in environmental stewardship that bolsters our economy, in ending gun violence and the opioid epidemic by seeing these problems holistically, not in isolation. I would prioritize and protect the care of our seniors and our veterans. Most importantly, I believe in transparency and honest dialogue with constituents because good government depends on an informed engaged citizenry.
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A Campaign Guided by Principle
This is a campaign driven by principles. My values are front and center so you know what you are getting. I’m guided not by ideology or political party but by wanting to do what is right. I believe that government can be a force for good, that candidates should carry themselves with integrity, that diversity makes us stronger, and that elected officials are responsible for stewarding our towns and our state into the future.