Primary election 2018

Q&A with Saira Rao, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 1


City or town of residence: Denver, five years

Profession: Co-founder of In This Together Media (book publisher).

Related elected-office or public-service experience: On the board of GALS Inc., Girls Athletic Leadership Schools (Denver-based public charter school entity).

Why are you seeking this office?

We have elected the same people over and over again but have yet to figure out how to pass health care for all, comprehensive-immigration reform with a path to citizenship or education policies that benefit the people, not corporations. We need new voices and a new approach in Congress.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I graduated from the University of Virginia and New York University School of Law. I clerked on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, one notch below the Supreme Court … I built a company from the ground-up by working and collaborating with a diverse group of people, bringing everyone into the planning, building and execution of everything that we do. As a brown woman, I have walked through life feeling, many times, disenfranchised and ignored. I know what it's like to not feel represented or have your best interests served.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

My platform since day one has focused on getting money out of politics. It's time to (reverse) Citizens United (2010 Supreme Court case) and not be beholden to corporations but people. I will fight to pass a clean DREAM Act and pass comprehensive-immigration reform with a path to citizenship. CD1 is in the midst of a housing crisis. I will work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to find dollars to help mitigate this problem. We need common sense gun control now. Thoughts and prayers are not working. I will fight to pass universal health care for all.

What else should the voters know about you?

Voters in CD1 have a choice this election. I've heard you loud and clear, and if you vote for me, I will bring your interests back to Washington. That is my promise to you. The status quo gave us (President) Trump. It's time for a change. Vote for Saira Rao for Congress.


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