STATEHOUSE—“As a state representative, it is my job to represent the people of House District 54 to the best of my ability by providing them with a voice. Today, I did exactly that.
“Although the majority of my colleagues supported the legislation, I could not. Because of the public outcry in our community on this issue and the hours of discussion I had with members of my community, I feel that their beliefs were reflected by my ‘no’ vote today.
“Again, it is my job to represent the people of House District 54, which often comes with making tough decisions and casting difficult votes. For those that feel strongly about this issue, I encourage you to remain a part of the conversation and the democratic process.”