message from chrissy

me (1).jpg

I cannot stand quietly aside and watch President Trump misrepresent our values, as he enriches himself, his relatives and wealthy friends, all the while diminishing opportunities for everyone else.  All of us—residents of the 6th District, Pennsylvanians, all Americans—deserve and need better than this.

I grew up a true product of the American Dream.  Mine is a story that could only happen in America.  My father is a Holocaust survivor who came here with his widowed mother when he was a child, and later served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. Because of his Navy service, I grew up in half a dozen states and attended twice that many schools.  No matter where we were, my parents always emphasized education and the opportunities a good education could provide.

Thanks to those values, I was able to attend Stanford University on an ROTC scholarship and served in the U.S. Air Force. Since the mid 90's, my husband, Bart, and I have made Chester County the home where we have raised two fiercely independent young women.

In Pennsylvania, I have helped grow and scale three small businesses - AND1 Basketball, B Lab, and Springboard Collaborative. I also joined Teach for America and taught high school chemistry at Simon Gratz in Philadelphia. 

I fear the American Dream that I benefited from is in danger. Many Pennsylvania families are working harder and struggling to get ahead, while certain career politicians seem to have lost interest in their constituents’ lives, in creating real jobs, in affordable healthcare, and in educating our young people.  They have repeatedly shown absent interest in responsible representation altogether.

We have seen embarrassing dysfunction in Washington during these first months of the Trump Administration, including efforts in rushing to pass a health care bill that raises premiums and kicks millions off their coverage. Moreover, through incendiary word and irresponsible deed, the Administration is insulting and confusing allies, encouraging and promoting adversaries, and upsetting international stability and the world marketplace. And, Congress stands by as the Trump Administration aggressively moves to reverse sound environmental protection programs that affect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

I’m especially troubled by the fact that our district’s representative in Congress, Ryan Costello, is contributing to this destruction.  He has supported and advanced this Administration’s dangerous policies either through his direct action and votes or by his silence. We have learned since January how terribly damaging and destructive a Trump administration paired with a complicit Congress can be.  

I’ve raised my family in this district and know that these are not our values. We need to stand up and speak out against actions that threaten our core beliefs and priorities. We owe this to our children and to future generations so that they may realize their potential and change the world for the better.

I never thought I would run for elected office, but service does not stop when you leave the Armed Forces.  That is why I am running for Congress and ask for your support.