The Economy & Small Business – prosperity is our national security. If we have a healthy economy, and, people have jobs to provide for themselves, we should see a reduction in crime. I’m all for personal accountability. However, I’d love to see a free market economy that protects small business owners and freelance employees. Right now, our laws favor big corporations, with too few incentives and protections for small businesses… this needs to change.
Education – As someone who has spent half her life in school I can attest to its importance. I’m not even talking about college— I’m talking about all education from elementary to high school as well as trade schools. Some of our most successful CEOs and entrepreneurs did not finish college… it is not for everyone. However, as a nation, we should want to provide our children with an educational foundation that develops life skills to thrive, grow and become productive members of society. Yes, college education is expensive, but I would challenge universities to re-evaluate how they spend their money and I’d encourage the higher education industry to audit themselves, look for ways to cut costs. I’ve been a student, an instructor as well as a parent so I can empathize and appreciate diverse views and perspectives on education in America.
Environment – As a scientist and communicator who has spent lots of time on farms in the U.S. and in other countries I can safely say, that global warming is real. Garbage, especially plastic, is going to suffocate our planet and destroy our natural resources. We must find clean, efficient and new methods for energy production, land preservation as well as water, soil and oxygen. Food waste is among the biggest causes of greenhouse gases, yet millions of people are hungry. We have found ways to preserve green spaces and farm land in NJ and we need to do more of it nationally. We must work together to find solutions that are good for us, the animals and our planet. We are all but passengers on this planet earth!
Legalization of Cannabis – How ironic that former Speaker of the House John Boehner now serves on the board of a Cannabis company. I find great humor in that. When most people, including health care professionals, agree that cannabis should be legal, I find it strange that elected officials do not. When you look at the science and facts around cannabis, its medical use is compelling. Recreational— well, let’s face it, for thousands of years, across continents and cultures, people have always found a way to relax, escape in their minds or find a way to get high. So, just like alcohol, I’d like to see it legalized and taxed. This way we ensure that what people are using is safe and perhaps we’ll put drug dealers out of jobs while finding a few more effective ways of treating people with various medical conditions.
Tort Reform – I don’t even know where to begin with this one, but it’s essential we find a way to minimize or disincentivize frivolous lawsuits in this country. There are so many instances where large companies find themselves in frivolous lawsuits, for “class action” or otherwise nuisance complaints. In fact, our cost of health care is impacted by this because many physicians cannot afford to practice medicine due to medical malpractice lawsuits that drive up the cost of medical malpractice insurance. Regardless of innocence or guilt, every time a physician is sued, their insurance premium goes up. Consider your own auto insurance rates and then multiply by 10. Our legal system is cost-prohibitive where only the wealthy can afford to seek justice. Our courts are overloaded, making the process far from speedy. The only courts that guarantee legal representation involve criminal cases, never civil matters, including family court cases.
Privatization of Prisons (prison lobby is larger than the gun lobby) – Also referred to as the prison industrial complex, it’s become a pipeline for prison! We spend more money keeping people incarcerated than any other industrialized country.
Civility and Respect – during this campaign process then after I’m elected I will work to end the polarization that poisons our politics today. Let’s teach our children how the Democratic/Republican process really works— let’s all of us lead by example!
My campaign chant/cheer— “The status quo must go!”