I'm running for office because I believe in electing people who fight for people. I didn't come from a political family. Honestly, politicians rarely talked about the things that impacted our family the most. But my parents weren't apathetic about what was going on in the community or world. They were tired. Poverty has a way of making every action about survival.
No one in my family had ever gone to college before my siblings and I. We are better off than our parents (a fact they proudly share). My parents are better off than theirs were. I've worked hard to learn the things that growing up in a working class family didn’t teach me. I’ve always been eager to get better and do more. It led me to seek and earn internships, campaign experience, and even to a state legislature where I’d work behind the scenes as a policy and budget analyst for several years.
We’ve got really big and solvable problems in Memphis. I spend my day fighting for equity for kids by ensuring classrooms have strong teachers and leaders across the city. I know that equity requires broad work. Making Memphis better means addressing poverty, ensuring every kid has an education that leads to a life of choice, increasing access to healthcare, dealing with the rising cost of caring for children and elders, and talking openly about what student loan debt is doing to our economy, and so much more. Is there a state level solution to everything? Probably not. But, if you’re reading this and you know what it’s like to feel squeezed – like you just might not get by – then you already know you have a superpower. You’re resourceful. I’m resourceful. If there's a way, I will find it.
To me, good representation means you have a higher quality of life because I’m in the job. It’s the promise of a future that is better for kids, including my own daughters, than it was for my husband and me. My name is Amber Huett-Garcia and I’m asking you to vote for me in the August 2, 2018 primary to represent you, your family, and your future in the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 86. I look forward to getting to know you and earning the right to stand for you.