Rochelle Wilcox

Rochelle Wilcox for Congress

building on shared values

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Thank you, Everyone!

Over the past several months, I've been inspired and amazed by the commitment of the people of this District to improving the lives of everyone who lives here. I've been grateful for the tremendous support that's been given to me and the other candidates by people determined to elect a representative who puts her constituent's interests ahead of the interests of wealthy donors.

I've also been clear that I will leave the campaign if and when I decide that the best way forward for the District is for me to step back. That time has come. I've decided to suspend my campaign and give more space for the voters to get to know the other candidates, so that they can decide who will best represent our District in Congress. As I've told many people I've gotten to know this year, you're still going to see me because I'm committed to flipping this seat, and then working to improve the lives of everyone in this District. But I've decided I can best do that without the constraints of a campaign that forces me to downplay some of the issues about which I care the most, because I'm afraid of alienating voters we will need. In addition to helping elect our first female representative for this District, I'll be joining the Poor People's Campaign (at www.breachrepairers.org) to fight more broadly for the social justice issues that as a country we must fix before we can become everything we know we can be.

Thank you so much to my campaign team Dyana Polk, Luis Amezcua and Nolan Pack, to Kris Johnson and Tita Bladen for their untiring support of our campaign, and to everyone else across the District who is showing up and fighting for the things that matter. Together, we will create a better world for our kids.

Education

Educating our children is a value we all share. A recent survey conducted across our Congressional district found that “Our children receiving a first class education” is the number 1 priority, across all demographics and political party lines – more important than jobs, the economy, infrastructure and healthcare.

Unfortunately, education often is one of the first cuts government makes to “balance the budget.” Once funds are removed, good teachers laid off and courses eliminated, it takes years to recover. Our children’s ability to develop skills they need to function in the job market may be lost. We see the negative impacts in drug addiction, higher youth incarceration, joblessness and homeless young adults.

We must invest in our children from pre-school through post high school education to provide the resources that will motivate them to succeed as adults. Education also must include training for the jobs we have now, and will have tomorrow. We must ensure that jobs do not go unfilled because of the lack of skilled workers. Educational opportunity must be available to all children in our country, not just those in favored neighborhoods or schools. Education must be affordable, not a product sold for profit with little value in the job market.

I believe first class public education, once a hallmark of our nation, is one of the most important things we do to advance our security and wellbeing for the future.