When women run we shift perspectives. Our road to the White House isn’t now, but it is coming.

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I had just arrived at a park rally for candidates up and down the ballot. It was October in Arizona. It was hot with a capital H. And it was another stop in a long day of events.

My two boys were with me. One was ready to hit the park playground, the other was only content in my arms.

With my candidate smile on, I channeled every last ounce of energy. I was intently focused on looking energetic because for women, tired eyes on the trail are never just tired eyes. …

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Meet Sandy. She’s a 48-year-old mother of three who works in hospital administration.

When polled about her voting decisions, Sandy said she reviews the candidates and then votes for the person who raised the most money.

Ok, actually… Sandy never said that. Sandy isn’t real because no voter said that ever.

Money does not win elections, connections do.

Richard Lau, professor of political science at Rutgers told FiveThirtyEight that “where you have to change your thinking is that money causes winning.” He continued, “I think it’s more that winning attracts money.”

And that measure of “winning” is often subjective.

Not only does money not win elections, the spending spree of the last decade under the Citizens United ruling shows how dangerous money is to our democracy. …

How a broken health care system left me with an unthinkable choice. Life versus Debt.

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Our medical bills file for care from September 26 to November 10, 2018

It had been two hours, but I still felt weak from the burden.

I couldn’t speak about it. So instead, I tried to listen.

I listened as James, my husband, shared thoughts of playing music again. He spoke of possible venues, putting a band together and living a life with joy after being given a second chance.

As much as I tried to focus on his words, my mind was stuck.

“How is this fair?”

How can you be lucky to be alive from an unpredictable, unexplainable catastrophic illness, but unlucky to become the latest debtor in a broken health care system. How is this a system any of us can stand behind? …


Anita Malik

Mom to two boys, Tech COO, Entrepreneur, 2020 Candidate and 2018 Democratic Nominee for U.S. House in Arizona’s 6th District.

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