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I don’t want to tell my community what they should care about.
I want to know what they care about so that I truly represent everyone in our district.
— Kathleen Allen

Why I'm Running

      I am honored to take this journey with YOU, the constituents of our District, whether you vote for me or not, whether you donate to my campaign or not.  My hope is that I can address the needs and priorities of our District as your elected U.S. Representative, I will also be mindful of our state, our nation, and our world.  To do this, I will listen to you, and ask questions to better understand your needs, priorities, and concerns.  And I promise, if I don’t know the answer to your question off the top of my head, I will research the answer and respond to you at my first opportunity.

      I care. I care about the families and children in our community.  That is why I have focused my volunteer time and effort in my children’s Title I public schools, which have high percentages of children from low-income families.  My experience has been that schools benefit from active parental involvement, but I recognize that not all working parents have the flexibility my employer has provided me, to be able to volunteer during school hours.  So, I commit each year to support our local public schools by serving on the PTA and working with other nonprofit organizations that serve our student body.

      It was through my children’s classmates that I became aware of the number of Gwinnett County students living precariously in Extended Stay motels.  I have since become an advocate for protecting these residents from homelessness.  I now work with a variety of local nonprofits who serve to prevent and remedy homelessness in our community.

      I’ve spent my career in managed healthcare and related software industries, as an independent contributor managing complex projects with diverse teams, to deliver services and deliverables within strict time and budget constraints.  My 22+ years of experience, in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, has allowed me to develop an appreciation for the complexity of the healthcare economy and the need to balance the health and well-being of Americans with our nation’s financial interests.

      I bring to the US House of Representatives an understanding that Congress functions best when its Members ask the right questions, listen with an open mind to all the answers given, and then work collaboratively to address the nation’s issues.

      No single Member of Congress is the boss; It is a team of 435 Individual Contributors in the House and 100 in the Senate.  Each Member must be willing to learn the details of proposed legislation before voting on any bill or amendment.  I’ve managed DC lobbyists and know that theirs are not the only voices that must be heard to develop effective legislation.  I’ve written policies and procedures, and worked within organizations to see the outcome of such policy development, and am committed to the same depth of preparation in the House.

      I am ready for the challenge to make the RIGHT choices for Georgia. 

      I am grateful for your interest and hope you’ll join me on this journey.

      Yours,

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