"It's becoming clearer everyday that our voices in state government are being drowned out by the big money from political insiders seeking to buy our politicians. We need a representative who truly understands the importance of getting money out of politics, addressing income inequality by advocating for a living wage, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and protecting funding for public education."
What We Will Accomplish
A Representative For The People
Too often we see politicians who ignore what the people want in favor of whatever will earn them the most money for reelection. If elected your representative, I will work for you. We deserve better from Jefferson City, and together we can move our state forward toward a better future.
Vote Tuesday, August 4, 2020
YES ON 2 : Healthcare for Missouri
On Tuesday, August 4, all Missourians will have the chance to vote Yes On 2 to bring more than a billion of our tax dollars home from Washington every year – money that’s now going to places like California and New York instead.
Learn more at www.yeson2.org
NO ON 3 : The Clean Missouri Amendment
The Clean Missouri Amendment passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin in 2018. Amendment 1 won a majority of the vote in every state senate district, from rural communities to big cities.
But now Jefferson City politicians have a dirty new plan to overturn the fair map rules. Their plan is deceptive, deceitful, and all about protecting incumbent politicians in rigged, super-safe districts where voters can't hold them accountable.
Learn more at www.cleanmissouri.org
Expanding Affordable Healthcare
In 2017, there were 75,000 uninsured children in Missouri. In 2018, that number increased to over 100,000 when around 28,000 more children were kicked off of medicaid.
Just one uninsured child, not to mention over 100,000, is one too many. Missouri has the ability to receive federal medicaid funds if we expand medicaid. As one of 14 states that have so far refused this help, we have seen more people uninsured and unable to receive the medical coverage they deserve. On the dias in the house, the words "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law" are emblazoned. We need to bring those values off of the dias and back into our communities. We need to make sure that everyone in Missouri, no matter who they are, have access to healthcare in Missouri. We need to make sure that people can live their lives without going into bankruptcy to stay alive.
Protecting Public Education
In 2019, Democrats opened the session with the promise of fighting for better public education funding for all. Republicans countered by nearly gutting our public education system and giving it all to school vouchers. While a coalition of state representatives saved our children from political retribution this time, we need to make sure they never try to use education as a weapon again. I will lead the fight to make sure our teachers receive better pay, make our school systems more equitable, so the most disadvantaged students in Missouri don't miss out on options available to the most privileged. I will fight to make sure our public education system improves and work with colleges to ensure students have access to lower tuition and quality options for community colleges and technical schools.
Getting Big Money Out of Politics
Millions of dollars are flooding into our state to keep those on top in control. Missourians passed Clean Missouri with over 60% of the vote, yet many of those representatives are trying to overturn our vote.The 134th needs a representative willing to protect the will of the people.
I am proud to be running a campaign built on individual donations, rather than big corporate donors. Politicians in Jefferson City are not working for us, when big donors are allowed to flood their campaign coffers. I want to make sure that our representatives are thinking about the people they represent when they are voting in committee or on the floor of the house. We must reform our ethics laws to make politicians more accountable to us and strengthen laws protecting the initiative petition process.
Saving Our Environment
Our planet is in crisis. If we want our children and grandchildren to have a chance at a secure future, then we have to act on climate change immediately. In 2018 alone, the Midwest faced record floods, destructive tornadoes, and crop failure. Unless we act to save the environment, our borrowed time will run out.
We must secure clean water and air, lower carbon emissions, invest in green infrastructure projects and bring new green jobs into the district. The sooner we accomplish this goal the better our state will be for our children and grandchildren.
Addressing Income Inequality
The poverty and homeless rates in Springfield are twice as high as the national average. Too many of our neighbors are working for starvation wages trying to figure out how to keep a roof over their heads and their family fed. Missourians passed a minimum wage increase in 2018, one that our legislature tried to gut. I want to make sure everyone in Missouri makes a living wage, and that our economy works for the people, not just those at the very top.