Brenda Lopez Romero
What office are you running for?
Georgia’s 7th congressional District
With which party are you running for office?
November 3rd, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I am running to represent the people of the 7th, because I am the best candidate to represent our state’s most diverse congressional district. We have been a majority minority community on the Gwinnett side since 2010. Furthermore, the issues we face in Congress at this moment require a new voice with the experiences of those that live in the district, especially new Americans, working-class families, and young people. I bring to the seat the aspirations of our district to maintain the opportunities to move up the social mobility ladder between generations in America and keep the promise of maintaining a strong middle class. I also have legal, legislative, and community advocacy background in state, federal, and international issues. From immigration to national security to public education and higher education to healthcare to strengthening our economy through small businesses, entrepreneurship, and global markets and to keeping a strong international standing through diplomacy and smart power. As the first Latina elected to my state’s legislature, I am all too aware of the role I must play when it comes to social change. Seeing officials that look like me (and seeing more diverse candidates run for office and be elected) can hopefully inspire generations of young people of color. Moreover, there is a lot that we can do legislatively speaking when it comes to enacting protections for socially oppressed groups and leveling the playing field. From taking on the prison industrial complex to protecting a woman’s right to choose, to protecting out Dreamers, a congressional representative has a lot of responsibility and a great platform to enact positive social change. In addition to writing progressive legislation, we must also have representatives who are willing to advocate and argue for forward-thinking legislation and policies to their constituents. That is why I will continue to go out into the community and discuss policy initiatives with my constituents.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
I’m running for Congress to bring mobile constituent services directly to people, fight for universal healthcare, support our public schools, attract high paying jobs, and advocate for equity and racial justice.
Who is your hero?
Dad, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What are your hobbies?
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Signup to volunteer (wave signs, phone/text bank): https://www.brendaforcongress.com/volunteer
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Pick any one issue. Expand how you will address it: Focusing on the root problems of our healthcare system is extremely important. But we must also acknowledge the immediate need to offer accessible medical insurance options. Facilitating a platform that provides the freedom to choose what plan works best for you or your family is also healthcare reform that I will support. Medicare For All Who Want It delivers both the affordability and opportunity to choose, rather than be penalized or forced upon a policy. This healthcare plan will offer participants the opportunity to choose between private insurance policies, or a public insurance alternative. Having the government compete with private insurance companies, opens up a more competitive market that will essentially drive pricing and coverage to become more reasonable. Government subsidies can also drive costs down for those who qualify based on household income. Medicare for All Who Want It will also include many benefits such as price transparency, capping out-of-pocket costs, including mental health benefits on all plans, and regulating overall costs to patients. Healthcare reform is an overdue responsibility to all Americans. We cannot afford to delay this resolution any longer. Americans need to feel empowered and confident to navigate through the healthcare system. Medicare for All Who Want It will lead to price transparency, accountability, regulation and a more completive health insurance market. I will support legislation that leads to healthcare affordability and the introduction of a public alternative.
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