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When I set out on this journey it was because I felt the hurt of my community, friends and family.  I heard their disgruntled cries of no clear paths to opportunity and anger toward having their hard work and earnings diminished by others.  I have witnessed the breakdown of the American family and a lack of hope and brokenness amongst the people of District 18, my family.  Therefore, I felt a sense of responsibility to help bring the American Dream back to the 18th Congressional District for those who feel it is slipping away or have given up dreaming altogether. District 18 has been ignored for over 20 years and we, who had so little before, have even less now.

I’m passionate about creating a platform built on pride, self-esteem and economic viability to help empower individuals and families in our community. I feel that it is the key to the American Dream.  I learned the importance of work and family and developed the belief that all things are possible in America, by example from my own family and community. 

I have spent my life living in the shadows of this great city and live here today amongst family and long-time friends. One of the reasons I love this community so much is the incredible diversity of people I count as my neighbors and friends. There are those in the middle class, those striving to make it there, and those fortunate enough to have climbed beyond it. There are homes led by heroic single moms, two hard working parents, and even homes with multiple generations living together. This is our community, our America. 

Having four (4) children of my own, three (3) suffering from mental illness, I know the importance of neighbor helping neighbor. Therefore, I have advocated for mental health care, elder care, education and the rights of the homeless for over 24 years. I am a former small business owner, I am a certified mediator/arbitrator, I have worked with juvenile and adult probationers and domestic, drug and alcohol abusers; as well as, taught and counseled in the public school system. 

I would like to lead a bold offensive to restore the 18th Congressional District through 21st century conservative reforms. My ideas are based on the simple truth that our Founding Fathers knew what they where doing when they wrote the Constitution giving the Federal Government the right to protect and serve the people only and not the right to control the people! 

Most of all I am here to listen and understand what needs would best benefit you and your family and in turn our community and then I will go to Washington as a steward of District 18, with knowledge and purpose as to the direct needs of the community. I believe that as the 18th Congressional District prospers, so shall others like it. 

I intend to advocate for policies and principles that would give you your own set of keys to the most inclusive and dynamic economic engine ever conceived: the American free enterprise system. When that system is allowed to function as it was designed to, and when every American can access it, widespread prosperity is inevitable.  With the exciting possibilities of this century, I can’t help but be an optimist. 

But to attain our potential tomorrow, there is work to be done today. I believe that by representing the needs of ALL the members of my community with a smart limited government approach, our community can come together to revive the American Dream and bring it into reach of more people than ever before.  I will help to usher in more economic viability to our district, something that has not been done in over 20 years.  Remember, freedom is not free.  We have to be willing to standup and fight for it! Come fight with me and together we shall be victorious. 

Sincerely,

Lori A. Bartley