It is no secret that the “squad” has grabbed headlines nationwide. What has widely slipped under the radar is their most infamous member, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not only has Republican challengers this coming election, but two of them are Republican women.

Ruth Papazian is the daughter of Egyptian Immigrants.  She was the first member of her family to be born in The United States. Raised in the Bronx, she entered public school as a non-English speaker to one day graduate college. Then, Papazian become a health/medical writer and editor, with a public service approach to journalism and public relations. Her work for Ketchum PR helped change U.S., U.K. and Canadian public health policy to mandate folic acid fortification of enriched grain products to prevent spina bifida and related birth defects.

If elected to Congress, Ruth hopes to help improve border and immigration control to keep out violent gangs like MS-13 and to stop the flood of opioids into our neighborhoods. She also wants affordable, personalized private health insurance, not socialized government healthcare. Papazian is interested in lower prescription drug prices, without hampering innovation.

Papazian shares:

“In Washington, I will work with like-minded Republicans and Democrats to fix what isn’t working, and to make life better for you and your family. Here at home, I will open district offices and provide constituent services that are no longer being delivered to our community.”

Scherie Murray is another one of AOC’s challengers. Murray was born in Jamaica and moved to New York with her family when she was nine. She also went on to graduate from college.  Then, she started her own business, The Esemel Group, which created employment opportunities for minorities in the city.  From early in her life, Murray learned the importance of working hard and the strength of a united community.

Some of the issues Scherie would like to address if elected include, immigration, infrastructure and education.  On her website, she states:

“For decades, we have seen people take advantage of our asylum loopholes. It is time to focus on solving the problem, not grandstanding to be in the limelight. Congress needs to work together on comprehensive immigration reform, so those who want to partake in the American Dream can do so.”

AOC has been one of the most controversial and outspoken voices in Congress this past year.  Many of her proposed policies are what conservatives consider extreme and socialist. The main stream media absolutely loves to paint the entire Republican Party as nothing but a group of old, white, men.  Here we have a beautiful example of the diversity within our party yet these candidates are getting nearly no attention. Ruth and Scherie both have unique backgrounds and embody what the American journey can be. We do not have to accept the victim narrative. Instead, we can look at these women and see what hard work and dedication can achieve. Accomplished and conservative women like Papazian and Murray are hoping to better represent the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District.

Elana Doyle is a wife, mother, conservative and a life long resident of Cape Cod. Elana enjoys following local and national politics in her spare time. She works with various organizations to help better her community and knows the importance of volunteer work and increasing civic engagement.

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