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Fresno Democratic,

Every day, I’m so inspired by what this community accomplishes together.

In moments like this, I can’t help but think of my grandmother, who was the first to teach me the power of community organizing. When I was a little girl, I’d sit with her and her friends as we stuffed envelopes to get out the vote for Democratic candidates.

I was mesmerized by how powerful those ladies were. I may have been too young to know what we were doing, but the women were so energetic and focused. I wanted to be just like them.

My grandmother showed me what one person can do to make the community around them better. She broke the mold of what women of her time were expected to do, and taught me that my voice mattered.

And when I was a young lawyer, feeling a little lost in a career that didn’t satisfy my soul, it was my grandmother who inspired me to change tracks and get involved in politics—first supporting other women candidates, then entering public service myself.

She showed me the power women have to make a difference. And I learned that when we come together in support of something important, we too—all of us—can make a difference.

That’s what this community has shown in standing behind me these past few months, and I’m deeply grateful for it.

Thank you—more from me soon.


P.S. Check out a throwback photo of me and my grandmother, Polly, on Instagram—and if you don’t already, please give us a follow!


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