Performance. Not Politics
My name is Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee (pronounced Moo-ker-gee). Yes, it is a long name, so I just go by Val. I am the Republican nominee running to represent Illinois Congressional District 10 in the U.S House of Representatives.
I am not a career politician. I am a fiscally conservative, socially moderate, “purple” Republican. I believe deeply in opportunity for all, the freedom of choice, personal responsibility and the rule of law. Like many across the country, I am alarmed by the current state of hyper-partisanship and non-performance in politics. Issues I encountered 25 years ago as a young political staffer - healthcare, immigration, and the exploding national debt remain unresolved, and have only magnified.
In contrast, the private sector continues to disrupt, innovate and thrive. Politics as usual needs to change. I believe I have the aptitude and ability to disrupt this status quo and fix the dissonance in politics and be an agent of change, which is why I am running for office.
My vision for the office is to bring opportunities for all and accountability to politics. I am running on a platform of Jobs, Education, and Taxes (JET), to reverse the exodus of people and businesses from the state, which is devastating communities, raising taxes and destroying property values. First, I want to convince multinationals to stay and/or relocate high paying new economy jobs to the district, which should have a multiplier effect on the local economy. Second, reimagine and reform federal, state, and local programs to dramatically improve educational outcomes. Finally, reject the unsustainable, populist tax proposals, and focus on the necessary reforms to create the conditions necessary to attract new taxpayers into the district.
IL Congressional District 10 is a purple district, with a highly diverse population and until recently, had a decades long Republican heritage, which aligns with my background and beliefs. I am grateful for the support from the party and honored to be the Republican nominee of the district. I am energized by the opportunity to serve and be a new generation of elected officials with sincere intentions, who deliver solutions and help heal the country.
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¨Record number of Republican women planning to run for office¨
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¨More Republican women than ever are planning to run for office¨
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