Dr. Julia Biggins is a scientist running for Congress.
My name is Julia Biggins and I am running to unseat Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. I am an infectious disease scientist and the mother of four wonderful children. Prior to the 2016 Election I was a typical working mother – working long hours but still finding the time to coach soccer teams, lead Cub Scout dens, and help out at school. I was perfectly content until I observed the impacts from the new Presidential administration.
We now live in a world where science, the environment, and the values my husband and I had been working hard to instill in our children are under attack. My children looked to me for answers as to how we could elect this President. I had no answer, until I participated in the March for Science and discovered the best way to fight back was to run for office. I am the scientist who will replace the anti-science congresswoman on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
As an Infectious disease scientist, I am running for congress not only to give more scientists a voice in Congress, but also because I believe the people of Virginia deserve policies and laws that are built on carefully reviewed facts and evidence, rather than opinions and the deep pockets of special interest groups. Scientists are trained to follow the data. Data and facts do not have a hidden agenda. Data and facts are not biased or bigoted. Scientists conduct experiments, present data to colleagues and peers, then collaborate in an open and transparent manner.
If you elect me, I will bring all of my training with me to Congress. I pledge to listen to my constituents and hold open forums and town halls. I pledge to work with my colleagues across the aisle to develop reasonable solutions to the complex problems our country is facing. We need more scientists in Congress if fact-based science is going to have a fighting chance during the Trump era.
This campaign is bigger than just one person.
We need your support to make sure science has a voice in Congress. If Democrats are going to take back the House, we need every seat. 2018 is the year science strike back.