My campaign ran a poll of our district to better understand what issues are important to folks across East Tennessee and the results are in. It turns out — everyone is angry.

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents don’t agree on much — except that they are mad at Washington and they don’t think Congress works. Seventy percent of voters say they are either angry or very angry at the way our government is run.

And you know what? They aren’t wrong. 

Congress isn’t working for us, at least not while almost half of all American families are one unexpected bill away from bankruptcy, diabetes medicine costs thousands of dollars, and real wages haven’t increased in nearly 50 years. And both political parties are responsible for the mess.

But we can’t expect to fix our problems by doing the same thing: by sending the same career politicians to Washington, D.C., who seem more interested in following their political party than in getting things done for their district, like my incumbent Congressman.

East Tennessee doesn’t need another cog in the broken Washington-politics machine. My work at the Tennessee Clean Water Network wasn’t about blind allegiance to special interests or partisan politics, but about getting things done for the people who need it the most.

When I get to Washington, I’ll do exactly the same.