Running for U.S. Congress in San Francisco (CA-12)
I’m a 27-year-old Brazilian immigrant and San Franciscan. I was raised by
a single mom and our public schools in Miami. I came to the Bay Area to
study design in college, where I’ve lived ever since graduating—I have had
family here for decades. Unlike conventional candidates, I do not have a
house, or kids—but I do have three housemates and a jump-rope. In high
school, I was a nationally competitive jump-roper and I continue to double
dutch jump, sharing LED ropes with the community at Oakland First
Before quitting my job to run for Congress, I worked at the intersection of
technology and democracy, and was a documentary filmmaker for a social
justice organization. Through this work, I talked to the people least-served
by our democracy: indigenous peoples, the incarcerated and paroled,
asylum seekers, and the undocumented. After seeing so much suffering
caused by policies written by establishment politicians, I felt a moral
imperative to run for office and change how things are done.
The status quo of our major political parties is to side with corporations
over workers, ordinary people, and the environment. It’s no wonder that so
many people, especially millennials, don’t vote. Not because they don’t
care, but because they don’t see people representing them or acting on
Last fall before the midterms, I spent several months traveling across
multiple states registering voters and inspiring people to participate in our
democracy. Through running for Congress, I hope to mobilize San
Francisco millennials and get many more people politically engaged. We
desperately need a system representing the 100%, not just the 1%, and
that starts with voters recognizing the need for change.
I’m running for Congress because we must act on climate, must reduce
systemic inequalities, and must make our representatives reflective of and
responsive to the people. These problems keep me up at night, and they've
been getting worse for as long as Nancy Pelosi has held office—which is
longer than I've been alive.
San Francisco has a powerful legacy of activism, innovation, and rebellion.
It’s time for us to reclaim our roots and elect a Congresswoman who will
represent the 100%.
The status quo must go!