My family and I are longtime residents of South Orange County, and I have been against the Toll Road Extension since the idea was first announced. I have personally taken the time to speak in front of the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) Board, where I expressed my opposition to the Extension.

As I told the TCA Board, “I do believe that we need to mitigate traffic in the area. But I do not support any of the proposals for the Toll Road Extension. The Extension would encroach on existing communities, schools, and on protected open space. I think it’s really important that we come up with other creative solutions, particularly an expansion of public transit or perhaps arterial roads that can also help to alleviate traffic. I also want to make sure that we remain environmentally responsible and don’t impose too much harm to our local neighborhoods.”

We need a member of Congress who can find transportation solutions to reduce commute times and protect our environment, and not just rubber stamp a Toll Road through South Orange County. I look forward to working with community leaders to address local transportation needs without causing unnecessary harm to our communities.