League of Women Voters Candidate Questionnaire
Identify what you think are the 2 most important issues that affect the people in your district and give specific examples of measurable actions you will take to address these issues.
Education: Globally, the U.S. ranks 38th in math & 24th in science, yet spends the most per student. We must eliminate standardized tests in their current form, bring creativity back to classrooms, & allow teachers the freedom to address their students’ individual needs. Federal Budget: As national debt nears $21 trillion and the budget continues to run at a deficit, the CBO & OMB should be combined and reckless overspending ended. We must stop setting up future generations for economic failure.
What do you think are the most important issues in the current immigration policy debate and what would you propose as the way forward?
Current immigration policy is ineffective. The failed strategies have fueled a rise of those living in the U.S. without legal status despite continually increased spending on enforcement. The way forward expands the visa work program and creates a path to legal status for those already here. Borders become more secure as smuggling and document fraud decrease and state and local communities benefit from a boost in economic activity, including $244 million in tax revenue from ‘Dreamers’ in 2018.
What role should Congress play in ensuring that the American healthcare system is accessible and affordable across all demographic groups?
Congress should enact policies that address the unique health needs of everyone. Cultivating healthy, vibrant communities is not only financially and socially valuable, it’s a moral imperative. The system must offer choice, cover pre-existing conditions, and provide a safety net to support the marginalized. It must be financially accessible by individuals, small businesses, and large corporations alike, and there should never be a question of choosing between health or affording the care needed.
What is the appropriate role of the Federal government in protecting the integrity of American elections?
The Federal government must take the lead in protecting the integrity of elections. Voter turnout is at all-time lows; unchecked foreign interference will only further undermine the nation’s trust and participation. Rather than assign blame and work in silos, all responsible parties—the intelligence community, corporations, and all three branches—must come together to safeguard democracy. The Federal government should ensure equitable access to the polls and make Election Day a national holiday.
What measurable actions will you take to communicate with and work for the people in your district?
Frequent, transparent communication is imperative. I will hold a minimum of four town halls in the district each year with reasonable accommodations and ample room. The events will be available live on social media, free, open to the general public and press, and announced at least one week in advance. All town halls will provide at least 30 minutes for open, unscreened questions. I will also continue to volunteer at least once a month at a local non-profit, chosen by residents of the district.
What is your position on funding the Clear Creek Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project and do you believe that this project is important for Brazoria County and its residents?
I wholly support fully funding the Clear Creek Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project. It is projected to save $20 million a year in reduced damages and is vital to the livelihood of Brazoria County and its residents. However, inefficiency and inaction have stalled this project that was originally identified in 1962. Addressing this urgent need is long overdue, as slow progress has plagued each phase. Funding and a clear timeline must be secured to mitigate future flooding events.