I remember meeting Mikie Sherrill in 2017, after she had announced her run for public office. It took just an hour for all of us in attendance to not only see, but to feel her commitment to working on behalf of all of the residents of New Jersey’s 11th congressional district. That observation has been reinforced over these past few years, as I have witnessed many of my friends and family on both sides of the aisle supporting her whole heartedly.

Her first term has come with unexpected challenges, but Representative Sherrill has never let that slow her efforts. From the time she launched her first campaign, Mikie promised to build better transparency and communication between her office and her constituents – something the residents of New Jersey’s 11th district were in dire need of. Mikie held a town hall just weeks after taking office in January 2019, and since the pandemic struck she has held four telephone town halls with experts to discuss everything from safely reopening the economy to mental health resources. She has made sure that quarantine did not prevent her from getting the right information to her constituents in a timely manner.

However, the thing which truly sets Mikie Sherrill apart is her ability to reach across the aisle and work with representatives from both parties. I have attended multiple events with Mikie where the audience was a mix of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Mikie welcomes and thoughtfully responds to questions from everyone, always demonstrating how well she understands that democracy is at its best when we find places where we can come together. As further testament to her commitment to represent all of us in the eleventh district, Representative Sherrill started the Bipartisan COVID-19 Regional Recover Task Force. This group includes Republicans and Democrats from the Northeast, with a focus on determining how and when we can return to work safely, and to ensure the federal government is providing needed support.

There are many people out there, like me, who are tired of the divisive rhetoric that is tearing this country apart. It’s inspiring to have someone representing New Jersey’s 11th congressional district who has no interest in fanning the flames of anger and blame. Whether working to pass a repeal of the SALT deduction cap in the House, or including $1.5 Billion in COVID-19 response legislation for towns and counties in the NJ-11th, Representative Sherrill represents each and every one of us who live here. Mikie Sherrill understands that the only way to move forward is by doing it together.