Actress Diane Neal expresses that she will be running for Congress, announcing that she will be heading for the political arena.
The 42-year-old actress recently made her plans known via her Twitter account when she shared her campaign poster, which read: "Empathy & Reason. Diane Neal for Congress." Along with this, Neal narrated that she had been off the social media to study more about politics.
The registered Democrat would be running as an Independent in a bid to snatch the seat for New York's 19th Congressional district. However, to be able to join the November ballots, Neal must be able to get 3,500 signatures.
"Ok, so it's ON!!! But I'm doing with nearly no staff, no donations (yet), with no party," Neal tweeted early Tuesday morning.
Aside from this, she had been active in interacting with the community and even asked whoever wanted to throw questions on her policies and advocacies to join her for a coffee.
"How about Starbucks at 7? Anyone in #NY19 that wants to come, ask questions, talk policy/ideas are welcome. We get too many, we'll move to Home Depot. Just a few of us? Still worth it," Neal said.
She had also been updating her followers through the social media platform, informing them of her campaign.
In an interview with The Daily Freeman, Neal revealed that most of her family had been involved with public service, citing her Holocaust-survivor grandma who served the Navy. She divulged as well that it took her a year before deciding to run for the said position, which now sits Republican Rep. John Faso.
"I'm a little Libertarian, I'm a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do," Neal explained.
Neal had been a Hurley, New York, resident for 4 years already. She was involved with a lot of organizations and advocacies, including the Young Leaders of the RFK Center for Human Rights, the Joyful Heart Foundation and the Middle Way House, the Waterkeeper Alliance, and the Thirst Project, among many others.
Neal was famous for her role in crime drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played as Casey Novak from 2003 to 2008 and then coming back on 2011 to 2012.
She also made appearances in NCIS as Abigail Borin, in Blue Bloods as Kelly Blake, and in Suits as Allison Holt.