17 years ago today, I witnessed the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Like so many Americans, I would never be the same. Amidst the chaos and tragedy, I leaned into the values I learned growing up here in southern Minnesota: when we are confronted with a challenge, we all need to do our part and step-up. This call to action led me into a career of service where I completed two combat tours in Iraq, taught middle school math in high-needs communities, and advocated for our servicemembers and veterans at the Pentagon. Throughout these experiences, I learned how to be an independent leader and also how to accomplish critical tasks, even in the face of tremendous obstacles. I am running for Congress because in this chaotic time we now find ourselves in, we need more leaders to step up, put partisanship aside, reject the influences of corporate special interests, and focus instead on fighting for working families.