It's Your District. It should also be your voice.
Representatives should represent, meaning the people in the community should dictate the issues and representatives should be their voice. Representatives shouldn't represent Washington, lobbyists, corporations, donors, or parties but rather their purpose is supporting the people of the communities that elected them.
I’ll share with you where I stand on the issues, but I want you to know that it’s more important for me to know where you stand on the issues. If I am running to represent you, I should be listening to you and the issues that are important to you.
I invite you to share your priorities and let's have a real dialogue about the options, ideas and opportunities to make our community better together. If you are ready to join the conversation, fill out the form below.
Those who sacrifice to protect our freedom should have access to the highest quality healthcare our nation can offer, healthcare that supports both their physical and mental wellbeing. Similarly, to ensure they can always provide financially for their families, salaries must be reviewed annually.
We need to simplify tax law; taxes should be straightforward and easy to understand. We need to close the loopholes for corporate tax breaks; taxes should apply to businesses and individuals equitably. We need freedom from special interests to make these changes a reality.
Households, small businesses and local governments have to balance their budgets every year. Why should the federal government be any different? When the government spends more than it makes, it sets up the country for possible future security risks and economic failure. Passing budgets with large deficits only pushes the problem to the next generation to deal with.
We must balance the budget and make a plan to pay down the deficit over time. Once we close the loopholes in corporate tax law, requiring everyone pay their fair share without excessive write offs, we will move steadily away from the crisis we are headed toward. We cannot afford to wait any longer.
Polls show that 74% of Americans are in favor of term limits for Congress, so why hasn't it happened? Well, when you put Congress in charge of making their own rules, it might not ever happen.
Implementing reasonable term limits would provide fresh perspective, limit party, lobby and big money influence, promote district representation over career politicians, and provide elected officials with more incentive to act. We need term limits that balance a respect for tradition with the progress necessary for our communities.
Congressional districts should not look like ink-blot tests. It is painfully obvious to everyone there is nothing unbiased about the process. The ridiculously-shaped maps produced after each census result from partisan efforts to ‘legally rig’ elections for years to come.
Representatives should be elected contingent on their ability to address the concerns of their district, not because the legislature has carved neighborhoods apart to predetermine the outcome. District boundaries should be based on math, not politics: how do we evenly distribute the population? Utilizing an unbiased equation will move us much closer to fair and open elections.
As a mother of three beautiful girls, I have had to navigate the financial treachery of unpaid leave three different times. I was nowhere near ready to return to work by the time my finances forced me to. We must do better for our families and children in our country. We need strong support to implement paid family leave.
The United States’ maternal mortality rate is higher than in any other industrialized nation in the world. We must drastically increase the amount of research and resources looking into maternal death and create an actionable plan for improvement.
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