I support a Single Payer Healthcare System to lower premiums & expand coverage to all, regardless of your family’s income. Our health should not be for profit.
This nation struggles with gun violence on a scale that is without comparison in the rest of the world. I believe the solution is not more, but fewer firearms in our schools and on our streets. I fully support the reforms proposed by Mom’s Demand Action, 100 percent. I believe the solution to gun violence is not more, but fewer firearms made accessible to those with a violent past, or without training, registration, and thorough background checks.
Defense and National Security
The best way to honor, serve, and protect our military service members is by ensuring the US does not enter conflicts that are unclear and without end. Less than 1% of US citizens serve in the military and the weight of that responsibility cannot be carried by them alone. If a decision is made to engage in a conflict, the burden and costs must be shared by all citizenry.
Make education affordable once again by reintroducing public funding to universities and trade schools, and offer universal early childhood education. I used the GI Bill to attend George Washington for my Master’s in Public Administration, but you shouldn’t have to go to war to afford a high quality education.
Jobs & Economic Security
Our vo-tech programs and community colleges should be strengthened, to ensure all students have a clear path to a secure future.
Right to Work
Missouri’s working families deserve a living wage, and unions play a major role in raising wages. I am a proud former member of UFCW Local 655. I strongly oppose Right to Work legislation and was proud to join the grassroots effort to collect the 310,567 signatures to help block it. I believe workplace safety, wages, and affordable healthcare have all been improved through the advocacy and strength of labor unions.
Create bold solutions to persistent security issues by refocusing our global military commitments, returning accountability to defense spending, & ensuring our actions abroad reflect our values at home.
No one who works full time should be living in poverty. I worked my first minimum wage job 20 years ago: the minimum wage was too low then and it’s barely gone up since. Missouri’s working people deserve wages that keep up with the rate of inflation.
Those who have volunteered to serve our nation must be given access to the highest levels of care. We must prevent the privatization of the Veterans Administration and ensure successful transition into civilian employment.
To love our nation is to share it with good people who yearn to breathe free. We are and have always been a nation of immigrants. The US can effectively protect our borders from bad actors while remaining the beacon of freedom in the world.
I am utterly steadfast and tireless in my support and full commitment to the LGBTQ community to ensure that all rights and opportunities are open to all no matter gender or sexual orientation. This includes protecting marriage, adoption, employment, housing, and military opportunities so that they remain open to all no matter who we love.
As uncomfortable as it is, there continues to be economic, educational, criminal justice, and racial inequality. Though we are not beholden to our ancestors’ mistakes, we can work together to remedy the issues facing us today.
Climate change is real. Investing in renewables creates jobs for the future at home and decreases dependence on foreign energy sources.
As a nation, we are better, brighter, and more beautiful with DACA and strong immigration policy. I am in full support of DACA and allowing Dreamers to remain in the United States.
As a government, we cannot burden those with lesser economic capability with taxes that exceed their means or constrict them from moving towards greater financial success. As Americans, those with greater economic capability will contribute more while not discouraging financial success.
I trust women and believe abortion should be safe and legal. Birth control should be freely accessible to all Missouri women regardless of where they work or where they live.
Opioid and Substance Abuse
The way to stop the deaths ripping through Missouri families today is to treat this as the public health crisis it is – with treatment, education, and pharmaceutical oversight – not incarceration.
Criminal Justice Reform
Our criminal justice system needs to be re-evaluated and improved at all levels: from policing practices, to sentencing, mass incarceration, privatization of prisons, and how we reintegrate those who have paid their debt to society. These changes will save taxpayer dollars while strengthening our work force and economy.
Militarization of Police
Police in many communities are being outfitted with equipment and arms far beyond what is necessary to do their jobs. This can dangerously escalate situations where violence may not have otherwise occurred, and foster an adversarial attitude where police feel like they’re “at war” with the communities they serve.
Campaign Finance Reform
I support the Clean Missouri Initiative to increase integrity, transparency, and accountability in government; and am the only candidate in the race to publicly commit with Candidates with a Contract. We need to end corruption, overturn Citizens United, and end partisan gerrymandering.