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Why I'm Running

Kate Browning
Oct
12
2017

Our district deserves a representative that is going to fight for working families in Suffolk County. I worked as a school bus driver while my kids were in school and I know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet on Long Island. That’s why I decided to run for legislator and why I’m running for Congress. To fight for working families of the district.

When I first ran for office as a school bus driver against an incumbent who was part of the political establishment, no one thought I could win, but I did. I was repeatedly reelected because I never forgot where I came from and who I am there to represent. I fight for the bus drivers and other working families who are struggling to make ends meet. I have dedicated myself to making a better Suffolk County for all those kids to grow up in who rode on my bus, including Lee Zeldin. Unfortunately, in Congress, Lee Zeldin hasn’t stood by those kids.

Here in Suffolk County, I’ve worked across all party lines to help Suffolk’s struggling families. But Lee Zeldin and the Washington establishment would rather just play partisan political games.

And I’ve delivered for the district. I’ve made Suffolk County safer by passing one of the toughest sex offender laws in the country and ensuring that we graduated one of the largest police classes in Suffolk County history. I’ve focused on quality of life issues, rehabilitating foreclosed zombie homes and selling them to first-time homebuyers, keeping them away from speculators and absentee landlords. And I’ve secured funding for clean water infrastructure to protect our drinking water and our shorelines.

There’s so much more work to be done and our congressman, Lee Zeldin, cares more about voting straight party lines and becoming part of the Washington Republican Leadership than standing up for what’s best for his constituents. We need a representative in Congress who will be an independent voice with a proven record of working to tackle the serious problems our country faces.

With the support of my family, I’m excited to travel the district listening to residents and continue fighting for Suffolk County.