LETTER – Lindsay Brown is a 28 year-old congressional candidate for New Jersey’s 7th district.

After marching in the Women’s March on Washington and learning the disturbing statistic that women need to be asked to run for office an average of five times before even considering the possibility, Lindsay determined that she did not need to be asked: she would just do.

A millennial woman trained as a rape and domestic violence first responder, Lindsay hopes to provide an empathetic voice for those impacted by sexual violence and to improve the process of reporting and legislating rape crimes, a process which far too often panders to the wealthy or politically well-connected — or even to the aggressor.

A lifelong democrat who changed party affiliations in order to affect the most positive change possible, Lindsay will run against Republican incumbent Leonard Lance this June. She seeks to overturn the establishment and reach across the aisle in favor of more socially-liberal policies.

The campaign.

I’m not a career politician. This campaign is not backed by special interests or backroom handshake deals between political insiders—it will be backed by small donations and grassroots activism from average people, just like you. My goal is not to become a career politician. My goal is to step up and serve the interests of the folks of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district.

So, why are you running?

After the last election cycle, we all need to do more than just vote in a general election every four years and share political articles on Facebook. On January 21st, I marched on Washington with hundreds of thousands of others who, like me, are unnerved by what is happening to our country and who want to create a better future. Marching in such a large demonstration had a big impact, and it was clear that the issues this country is having are bigger than myself. I came back to New Jersey energized and ready to fight, but not just by calling and writing to my representatives. We all need to band together to improve access and affordability of healthcare, keep our planet habitable for future generations, and ensure quality education for every young mind. We can impact the future just by being physically present and showing our elected officials that we are committed to the hope and change we voted for in 2008 and 2012. However, even after committing to show up and become more involved in political activism, I couldn’t stop thinking that we can do a better job at representing the people of New Jersey than Rep. Leonard Lance.

Our national government has turned its back on elder care, veterans, millennials, and the middle class. It’s time for young women like me to throw caution to the wind and feel inspired to serve, even if we are not natural politicians. I believe that New Jerseyians need a representative in the federal government who is focused on the future—on educating young minds, maintaining the environment, on keeping healthcare accessible for everyone. If I am elected to Congress, I will be the youngest woman ever elected to serve in this capacity—my candidacy represents the future of political change for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district and for America writ large.

The promise:

I will fight tooth and nail to make America’s public education system the best in the world again. I will draft legislation that limits the impact we have on furthering climate change and I will hold our government accountable to the Paris climate agreement. I will make sure that we either repair the Affordable Care Act to keep the cost of health insurance and medical care in check or that we modify it and replace it with something even more inclusive and affordable.

Together, I want to work with all of you, New Jersey, to keep America strong and filled with promise for our kids and grandkids and great grandkids in the future by representing you in Congress. Thank you!

Lindsay is a qualified young leader looking to change how political parties influence government. She is a certified millennial, born in 1988 and coming of age during America’s Great Recession that started in 2008.

Lindsay was born in Willingboro, New Jersey and grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, graduating from Conestoga High School. She attended Skidmore College, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010. In her time at Skidmore, Lindsay worked with the Center for Sex and Gender Relations as a Peer Advocate, acting as a safe sex educator and a resource for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on campus. As part of her work as a Peer Advocate and a fellow survivor of campus sexual assault, Lindsay rallied with hundreds of students and campaigned for rewriting the college’s official sexual assault policies.

After graduating and struggling to launch a career in the floundering economy of the early 2010s, Lindsay discovered a passion for recognizing great ideas and bringing them to fruition as a digital product project manager in the media industry. She currently works for the New York Post as a project manager on the digital product team, where she works as a liaison with several in-house teams and vendor agencies to bring the Post’s website, apps, and other digital products to life.

Lindsay Brown is a resident of Clark, in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional district, where she lives with her husband Andrew and their five rescue pets (two dogs, three cats). In her limited spare time, Lindsay is an avid DIYer who always has several projects going. At the time of writing this bio, she is in the midst of crocheting an afghan, building a pair of nightstands from reclaimed wood, and working on the build plans for a fireplace surround and mantel to stylishly house her dog’s beds.