What I Stand For

I have stated that I will run a positive messaging campaign... so when comparing candidates' strengths and weaknesses and understanding their positions on issues, I've summed mine up into some bullet points:

  • I am FOR Women’s Reproductive Rights.
  • Do not think mentally ill people should have access to firearms.
  • Believe that all humans have rights – regardless of race, religion, skin color, gender, sexual identity – PERIOD.
  • Believe that VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and GIRLS, and anyone, is completely unacceptable – PERIOD.
  • I am FOR Sex Education.
  • Against fetal PERSONHOOD – this is just absurd.
  • Believe Birth Control Pills should be LEGAL and accessible. We should change our vocabulary around what it is called and call it HORMONE therapy – because that is what it is.  Women use it for many reasons: PCOS, regulating menstrual cycles, reduce acne, menopause/peri-menopause, and to help control cyclical mood swings related to hormone balance.  It is nobody’s business why a person needs to use it, it is between the individual and their prescribing health care professional (this means pharmacists, employers, and insurers).
  • Believe in INCOME EQUALITY regardless of race, religion, skin color, sexual identity, age or gender.
  • Believe no RAPES ARE ACCEPTABLE.
  • Am AGAINST the GLOBAL GAG RULE. Failure to provide thorough information is legally and morally negligent and unacceptable.
  • Am FOR a woman or girl’s right to CHOOSE – PERIOD.
  • Am AGAINST EMPOYERS HAVING THE RIGHT TO FIRE EMPLOYEES FOR USING BIRTHCONTROL, IVF or being PREGNANT AND UNWED – it is nobody’s business – including any employer.
  • Do not believe in any form of DISCRIMINATION and will vow to protect the rights of all people – LGBTQI, men, women, religion, skin color, and age.
  • Support all MEDICAL RESEARCH regardless of being paired with birth control (as in the case of Zika).
  • I support the work of PLANNED PARENTHOOD for all that they do in being a healthcare provider in communities for ALL people – including boys, men and LGBTQI individuals.
  • I am firm believer in separation of CHURCH AND STATE. Our country is made up of diverse religions and no one religion’s beliefs should be part of any of our legal policies or laws.
  • I WANT GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR BEDROOMS, BODIES AND BATHROOMS.
  • Conservatism means having less government intervention in our lives, not being part of the religious RIGHT.
  • Believe in personal accountability and participation, to the best of our ability, in our society.
  • Believe in access to AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL – which is not the same as health insurance. WE must look at best practices in this country.  Good healthcare models exist that provide competition, choice and quality care for consumers.  Medicare and Medicaid have more FRAUD than private insurance. Private insurance is currently paying for the shortages created by Medicare and Medicaid.  We need government out of the business of healthcare.
  • TORT Reform is necessary to bring down the cost of health care, protect SMALL BUSINESSES, improve FAMILY LAW matters.
  • I support EDUCATION for all – which does not mean college for all… I do suggest that technical and trade schools give Associates Degrees as part of their completion so their “graduates” have some formal credentials to put on their resumes for consideration by future employers. We do need better financing options for colleges and universities and would challenge many schools to work harder at bringing down their costs.  I’ve been on both sides of the education equation and know that the costs do not justify the end gain.  It is time for academia to do a self-audit on their budgets.
  • We need to PROTECT AND PRESERVE our ENVIRONMENT which includes air, soil and water which are essential for our lives and health.
  • I support the Second Amendment and am against gun violence (and all violence). We need reasonable, sensible laws not laws that don’t make sense.
  • TERM LIMITS – our founders intended for citizen government. Elected officials should get jobs and work outside of government like the rest of us when their terms are complete.
  • I believe that members of Congress must live in the districts that they represent. Technically, they are only required to be in Washington Tuesday night thru Thursday evening.  If you don’t like the commute, don’t apply for the job. 
  • I believe members of Congress have an obligation to meet with constituents in public forums like Town Hall Meetings. If you don’t like public speaking, don’t apply for the job. 
  • I believe in writing legislation that impacts people in my district – not foreign countries.
  • I will support Veterans by improving their health care and helping them transition into civilian jobs – clearly this has been an ongoing problem.
  • I believe in campaign finance reform. The amount of money spent in advertising during campaigns would probably solve our country’s economic problems.  Why do candidates spend a disproportionate amount of money on campaigns relative the salaries they make as public servants?  It would do our country good to make candidates go out and meet constituents personally and not rely on advertising. 
  • Having good constituent affairs staff is essential and I will not take credit for THEIR work.
  • I believe in honesty – about residency, education, work experience, professional accomplishments and service to our community and country.