Suddenly Suzette

| Opinion | August 8, 2019

Suzette Martinez Valladares is one of the Republican candidates seeking to unseat one term leftist Democrat incumbent Katie Hill for United States Congress in 2020. I recently had an opportunity to speak with her with a desire to learn what makes her tick.

Suzette is an adamantly proud and concerned constitutionally-oriented Hispanic woman who has spent her life in advocacy for pre-school children, including intervention services. Call it working to help people who are unable to help themselves.

Hers is a profoundly American story. Her father started as a farm laborer who later had a small business. Her parents dedicated their lives to ensuring their children might experience the American dream and our traditional values. Despite limited finances, they sent their children to a private Lutheran school. They constantly reminded Suzette that she was going to have a more secure life than theirs through the application of a higher education.

The two questions that most voters directly ask candidates are, “Why are you running?” and “What are you going to do for me?” Political philosophy is a much lower priority for constituents than the questions of, “Do you care about me, my family and my community?”

When I asked her “why,” she told me she was motivated because of her desire to guarantee a better future for her 2-year-old, and dealing with the pain and frustrations of having so many in her immediate family suffer with terminal cancer. She knows that finding the cure needs to become a national priority.


There is a slogan that I think might be a driving force for Suzette — “God, Country and Family.” The logic goes like this; you cannot get the country right unless your values are spiritually grounded, and you cannot get your family right unless you get your country right. I suspect that despite all the slings and arrows of a political campaign her core remains strong.

A few quick points on her policy views:

– She is a Hispanic woman from an immigrant family who believes in a well regulated immigration policy with more secure barriers on our borders, strict verification for those requesting asylum and better processing resources and flexibility in obtaining work visas.

– She supports a strong public/private investment in doing the research necessary to fight the scourge of cancer. We must do what is necessary to win this battle.

– The answer for better medical care and outcomes is still to be found in the private sector. Medicare for all will be a major disaster, people would die waiting for treatment. Insurance must be free to be sold across state lines. R&D cost for prescription drugs must be shared with consumers outside of the United States.

– Government money going to the states should be by block grants with few restrictions.

– A free market economy and a limited government works and must be encouraged.

That’s it. Suzette Martinez Valladares is a candidate worthy of your consideration. She has proven throughout her life that she cares about the people and believes in the future of our community. She is rooted in America’s traditional values and opposes the rush to socialism that so dominates today’s political environment. She has the communication skills necessary for the job and a demonstrated commitment to our Congressional District.

I would love to see the looks on the faces of the leftist-progressive Democrats when a Conservative Republican Hispanic woman swears the oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Nancy Pelosi and A.O.C are probably already stocking up on high-blood pressure meds.

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About Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at smith4liberty@outlook.com

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