Committed to putting Northland families first
As a product of public education and stepmom to a 5th grader, I’ve witnessed and experienced the benefits of effective, well-funded public education. The most valuable gift you can give a child is education, and it's our responsibility to give Northland students every opportunity to succeed.
Under current leadership, our state legislature has continuously prioritized short-sighted tax cuts—which overwhelmingly benefit corporations and the wealthy—at the expense of public education funding. The COVID19 pandemic has further impacted our state's revenue structures, and Governor Parson has once again slashed hundreds of million in funding from our public schools.
Our children deserve better. If elected, I will stand up for our students, support educators, and fight to fully fund public education every chance I get.
Affordable Health Care
I’m a small business owner. Over the course of my career, my employment has ranged from freelance to full-time—and everything in between. I’ve been uninsured, under-insured and fully insured. There were years I could barely pay my monthly premium and years I simply couldn't afford to be insured at all.
My experience is not unique. Our healthcare system is undeniably broken, and the COVID19 pandemic has highlighted the vast inequities and roadblocks Americans face every day in the pursuit of affordable healthcare for themselves and their families.
Missourians deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare—without the stress and financial burdens too many families endure. In order to achieve this, we need to pass Medicaid expansion and truly address the impact healthcare costs have on our economy.
Fair & Transparent Government
One of the biggest hurdles Missourians face is a lack of fair representation in our state legislature. Of 163 house districts, 114 seats are held by Republicans and 48 are held by Democrats. The technical term for this is a legislative supermajority, and it simply does not represent the diversity of views and experiences of all Missourians.
In 2018, 62 percent of Missourians voted to pass Clean Missouri—an amendment designed to make our state government more transparent, limit the influence of big money in our legislature, ensure bipartisan redistricting, and hold elected leaders accountable when they don’t act in the best interest of the public. Since then, Republican lawmakers have been trying to overturn the will of the voters, and this session, they got their way with SJR 38, or "Dirty Missouri". This amendment is similar to Clean Missouri, but does not prevent partisan redistricting (gerrymandering) of our state's districts—which helps incumbent Republicans hold on to their seats and power.
Additionally, the Republican leadership in Missouri—from Governor Parson down to the legislature—seems fully committed to restricting our voting rights while Missourians are struggling to regain any sense of normalcy during this pandemic. These efforts are undemocratic and unacceptable.
Transparency at all levels of government is not only crucial to the success of our democracy, it’s what Missourians want. I will lead with integrity and work to ensure our state government is fair, transparent and responsive to constituents.
My grandfather was a proud union member who understood the value of hard work and took pride in his ability to provide for his large family. With 13 kids (not a typo!), his union membership allowed him to put food on the table and ensure his wife and children had access to health care.
It may be a cliché, but I believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. And as a business owner myself, I believe companies must pay workers a fair, living wage and allow them to organize and advocate for themselves because it paves the way for those workers, their families and their communities to truly succeed.
In 2018, Missouri voters overwhelmingly blocked a right-to-work law that was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2017—but the fight is far from over because two years later, the legislature is still controlled by Republicans and they're working harder than ever to get their way.
Workers across the state deserve the dignity of earning a living wage and the ability to retain their collective bargaining rights. Fighting alongside hardworking Missourians is truly an honor, and I’m proud to support union members in District 14 and across our state.