Issues/Platform

Citizen Voices United

As your Representative, I would fight to ensure that lobbyists from major industries don’t have the undue influence on elections nor the process of writing and passing laws, by supporting a constitutional amendment that makes the most prominent voices those from everyday citizens of the district. Entering the House, I would support House Judiciary Resolution 48 – Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only. The vote has not been hard fought and won so that unelected, unaccountable corporations can drown out the voice of the people. I will work every day to be accessible to everyday citizens of the 12th District, not lobbyists or special interest spokespeople.

Medicare for All

Ensuring that the health and mortality of Americans everywhere is not predetermined by the wealth or location of communities and individuals. Reigning in the big pharmaceutical companies, insurance giants, and for-profit systems that make preventative care and catastrophic costs unbearable is possible by letting everybody in and leaving nobody out. It’s the right thing to do and that is why as your Representative I would be eager to support HR 676, the expanded and improved Medicare for All Act.

Education: A Real Return on Investment

Fully supporting education funding initiatives that level the playing field for America’s future leaders without dictating to local educators or wasting resources in administrative offices will improve school choice without giving unfair advantages to unaccountable structures of current k-12 options. Every child deserves the best possible education regardless of their zip code. Targeted funding for struggling communities should mean more teachers with better training and innovation in classrooms, not more strain on the school day. By graduation, diverse job training opportunities should be inclusive of trade and technical programs that don’t put America’s next generation of young workers in debt. For these reasons as your congressperson I would promote further implementation of ESSA, or the Every Student Succeeds Act, even as Betsy Devos tries to undermine and prevent this achievement of the prior administration. I would also work with House and Senate colleagues to design tuition assistance and debt forgiveness programs and see passage of the College Access Act and the Affordable College Textbook Act to ensure students seeking higher education can be afforded the time and resources required to master their education.

A Strong Core Economy

Congress must help restore buying and bargaining power to America’s labor force by incentivizing fair wages especially for small and medium sized businesses so innovation and competition doesn’t have to mean debt and deteriorated opportunities for entrepreneurs and their teams. Leveling the risk/reward for small and medium sized businesses, trade associations, and lenders will make them more competitive and better able to provide for their employees and their communities. In order to make this possible I’ll be a proponent of legislation that puts small businesses first and I’ll defend against policies that continue to favor large corporations that don’t grant that buying power back to their employees at every level. Employment non-discrimination as well as equal pay initiatives are key to ensuring honest work is available to all and fair incomes aren’t hard to come by.

Legalization

As your Representative I pledge to support HR 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, removing marijuana from a schedule 1 narcotic to begin reversing the catastrophic effects of the War On Drugs and allow for regulated research and medicinal/therapeutic uses of cannabis that create economy and safe alternatives to pharmaceutical dependence and naturally enhance the quality of life for those dealing with chronic illness, addiction, and pain management.

A Green America

It’s never been more important to protect our natural resources for future generations while integrating emerging sustainable energy systems that make how we live, work, and play healthier for people and the environment. Therefore, I pledge to put clean water, air, energy, coasts and land use at the forefront of consideration of legislative priorities and stand in the way of any harmful environmentally abusive efforts that plunder our natural resources to exploit fossil fuels. Environmentally conscious, efficient renewable energy can be good for our economy and great for the opportunities ahead of our children and grandchildren so I look forward to championing the political will for these causes on your behalf.

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