Sandra Fluke willing to stand for community’s needs regardless of consequences

Sandra Fluke willing to stand for community’s needs regardless of consequences

Sandra Fluke, a former Georgetown University law student who is running as a first-time candidate for a seat in California Senate, said she would stand for needs of her community regardless of consequences.

Fluke, 33, wants to represent some of the most prosperous communities of Los Angeles County, an area that stretches right from the Hollywood Hills to the peninsula Palos Verdes. Fluke is running for a newly created district, while Ted Lieu, a Democratic state Senator who represents the current, overlapping district, is trying to grab Waxman's seat.

Her campaigning agenda includes subsidized early education, greater protection for environment, stretched out public transportation and public matching funds for political campaigns, and greater rights for women.

Seeking support from voters, Fluke said, "I think it gives voters an example of what my leadership looks like. You can see that I don't back down from my position, that I'm willing to stand for my community's needs regardless of the consequences for me."

Initially, she considered a run for Congress in wake of retirement announcement by Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman but the entry of high-profile candidates thwarted her plan.

A native of Saxton, Fluke drew attention in February 2012 after congressional Republicans refused to allow her to testify to the House Oversight & Government Reform committee on her college health plan to cover birth control. After she spoke to a group of Democratic lawmakers, Limbaugh derided her as a prostitute. However bowing to severe criticism, he later apologized.

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