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Milliron: Sinema will get our country on the right track

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Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012 2:23 pm | Updated: 3:23 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

For my husband Matthew and me, it’s important that our children are raised in a community with representatives who will understand them, protect them and work to ensure that opportunities exist for them the way that they existed for us. Our children’s future is not a Republican or Democratic issue, rather an act of conscience and responsibility. And although I have been a long-standing Republican, I support one of the most recognizable Democrats in Arizona for the U.S. Congress.

My family wants to elect Kyrsten Sinema, because we believe she will help make Congress a place that works for the betterment of families instead of the betterment of politicians and special interest groups. I know from experience, that she will be the person to do this.

The story of why I support Kyrsten is personal: In 2005, moms from across the state formed a group which would ignite a public debate that caught national attention. The issue of mothers who breastfed in public arrived front and center in East Valley cities, after I was confronted by a public employee at a city pool while trying to nurse my child.

At this time, women who breastfed in public were potentially “committing a crime” under indecent exposure laws. No laws existed to protect breastfeeding mothers and their children.

We decided that legislators should not interfere with our core right to care for our children. It was unacceptable. We partnered with Kyrsten in her first term at the Legislature. She did for us what established lawmakers determined was “a hard sell” for a divided Legislature. She helped introduce and pass legislation that protects a mother’s right to nurse wherever we happen to be.

Her decision to help moms was easy, because it was the right thing to do. She was able to help pass it, because she has the unique ability of achieving consensus that results in actual solutions.

Kyrsten has the necessary skill sets and abilities to represent us in Congress. More than that, she is the one candidate with a record of working with both parties and her constituents to accomplish sensible policies that help families. As a member of the minority party in the state Legislature, she served her community by passing a remarkable number of bills that benefited tens of thousands of lives. While her opponents tell us how they plan to be successful in a divided Legislature, Kyrsten Sinema has already done it. The partisan bickering has made our Congress the most ineffective legislative body in our nation’s history. The ideological fights have to stop, so that the hard work of rebuilding our country can continue. Kyrsten is the right person to get our country on the right track. She is the right choice for Congress.

• Resident Amy Milliron is a supporter of Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for Congress.

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