I grew up in the city of Detroit. My father, Fred, was a maintenance welder for Chrysler and, for a time, UAW union rep and committeeman. My mother, Nancy, a loving housewife, mother, and when needed, an earning partner to my father. I know what its like to grow up in a working-class household. I understand the realities of living paycheck-to-paycheck. I continue to know that struggle. That is why I want this challenge. I want to try to make the lives of struggling people less of a struggle.