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.

First Amendment

The founders of our Nation chose to protect speech and the press in their first amendment to the newly-formed Constitution. They had learned through experience that a government that can control what you say, can control you. They knew that one of the most important weapons against tyranny would be strong protection for speech and a free press.

I’ve spent my entire career working to protect these critical elements of a strong, healthy democracy. They are under attack now more than ever before, as politicians threaten to suppress the dissent of anyone who challenges them or exposes their secrets, even inspiring violence against journalists. This country needs representatives committed to protecting the First Amendment. I will make this a priority, as I have throughout my career.

My experience as a First Amendment lawyer also will be critical in campaign finance reform. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court invoked the First Amendment to cripple campaign finance laws. We need representatives determined to get the destructive force of dark money out of politics. They represent us, not big money donors.

I’m committed to fighting for transparency and accountability in politics, and I will work tirelessly to represent the people of California’s 4th District.