State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D., Alamo), who was elected to represent the 15th District in November, kicked off her campaign for Congress on Sunday, holding a rally in her new 10th Congressional District campaign office in Walnut Creek and online in a YouTube video that is featured prominently in her Web site at JoanBuchanan.com.
Online and offline, Buchanan pledged to put her financial expertise to work to create jobs and improve the country's economy.
"People across this state and nation can't wait any longer for solutions to our economic crisis," Buchanan told supporters. "I'm running for Congress because I'm as impatient as the rest of California when it comes to fixing our economy, and creating new jobs for today and for the future."
Buchanan is running in a special election for the 10th Congressional District seat being vacated by current U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher. Tauscher has been appointed to become undersecretary for arms control and international security in the State Department.
Buchanan said she honed her financial skills as a top female executive during her time at Delta Dental and put those skills to work again as president of the San Ramon Valley School District to close a nearly $7 million deficit and turn the district into one of California's top school systems.
"In Congress, I pledge to invest responsibly in our country again by creating world class educational institutions so our kids can compete in a global economy," Buchanan said.
She said that congress should also pass comprehensive health care coverage, "not only because health care should be a right of every American (but also) because it is the right thing to do to make sure America's workers are able to compete with the rest of the world."
The daughter of a waitress and bartender, Buchanan helped count the pennies, dimes and quarters of her mom's waitressing tips so that they could eventually afford the down payment on their home. Similarly, she said, with sacrifice, hard work, and investment in people, America will get back on track.
"I think with adversity and challenges also come opportunities, and it is up to us to identify those opportunities, and move forward," said Buchanan in a video on Youtube.com entitled "A Practical Problem Solver" which is also posted at www.JoanBuchanan.com.
With almost 100 supporters out in force, Buchanan pledged to work with President Obama to continue cleaning up the mess that was left in Washington and set our nation on a much stronger course.
"Let's go to work today, and I'll do all I can to see that the country is even stronger for your kids .and mine," she said.
Joan Buchanan's campaign office is located at 2085 N. Broadway in Walnut Creek and has volunteer hours every day. Those interested in helping in her campaign should contact Morgan Callahan at Joan Buchanan for Congress; telephone (617) 448-4289 or by e-mail at Morgan.Callahan@gmail.com.