ISSUES

Working to grow our shared values and create positive change for hard-working Missouri families.
Healthcare

Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right, but every year Missouri families must make increasingly-difficult decisions over how to allocate portions of the household budget to the rising cost of prescriptions and medical bills while still covering the basic living expenses.

At the same time, the Republican-led House has reduced our access to healthcare by leaving millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction has led to less-healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals and access to healthcare, especially in rural areas.

As a resilient cancer survivor, I support common-sense measures, like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between retaining a job, feeding his or her family or paying for housing and keeping health insurance or paying for medication or medical bills. A form of socialized medicine could be the answer.

Education

Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality, public education regardless of his or her ZIP code. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids, including universal, early-childhood education: Investing in our children from an early age is the best way for us to invest in our future.

I also support investment in higher education and especially workforce training to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to compete in our economy. I would also like to see all high schools offer classes such as shop, home economics, and driver’s education.

Jobs

A strong economy is one that works for everyone. As your state rep, I’ll fight for those who truly build up the economy — our workers.

As a former Teamster and permit contractor for the Pipefitters, my goal is to offer Missouri’s organized labor a strong, new voice in state government that echoes the common-sense ideas and workable solutions of united laborers. We need a new vision that enables Missouri’s hard-working labor force to set the standard for exceptional quality of life, including the right to organize, collective bargaining, good-paying job opportunities, expanded training, affordable healthcare, comprehensive benefits, and more.

I’ll work for policies that support local businesses that provide good-paying jobs in our state and keep our economy growing. I will also work to bring new businesses that want to capitalize on our skilled workforce and quality of life to Missouri, but I’ll always put workers’ interests before the special interests of large corporations.

Public Safety

Central to the role of government is to fairly enforce the law and to provide protection for its people. I support law-enforcement officers in their difficult jobs, but I would also demand accountability when they overreach. No matter where you live in Missouri, the root causes of crime are the same: A lack of educational and work opportunities blended with drug addiction and poverty. Addressing these basic issues must always be central in any conversation about crime.

Tough sentences are necessary for violent criminals, but prison populations need to be reduced by taking a closer look at sentences of non-violent offenders. Helping these individuals reintegrate into society as productive citizens after they have served their time is essential. I also support drug-treatment courts and diversion programs that find alternative ways to rehabilitate non-violent criminals without serving a prison sentence.

Opioid Epidemic

Our prescription-drug epidemic tragically touches too many families across Missouri, destroying lives unnecessarily. Tracking the frequency of prescriptions filled for these addictive drugs is one of the best means to curb this epidemic and save lives.

One proven tool that Missouri can deploy to combat the misuse of opioids is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Missouri remains the only state in the entire country without a statewide PDMP, and I support efforts to finally pass this legislation.

Simply stated, it’s a win/win: PDMP improves the medical community’s awareness of a patient’s behavior and needs, and the patient has less opportunity to misuse prescription drugs or abuse the healthcare system.

Farms

Agriculture is the backbone of Missouri and, at the heart of it, are family farms that many Missourians call home. Our local communities used to have a say in how farming was done in their backyards, but the Republican-led state legislature has passed bills favoring large, corporate farms and pushing out family farms.

Last year, state Republicans passed a bill removing the ability of local communities to regulate certain large, feeding operations known as CAFOs. This bill allows large-scale operations to buy up local farms, push the production limits of the land, and pollute our communities’ treasured landscape without local oversight.

As your state rep, I’ll work to protect local control, giving residents a say on how farms operate in their community.

Local Control

State government serves people best when its decisions are heavily influenced by the local communities it serves. In Missouri, the will of many communities on local issues is being circumvented. State laws should not preempt local ordinances, and state-wide votes should not dilute the voice of local communities. Too often, these state laws and votes are influenced by special interests: This must stop.

I respect the ability of local municipalities to determine the best solutions for their unique circumstances, rather than imposing state laws that may work to the contrary. As your state representative, I will work closely with the people in my district to ensure their voice is heard in Jefferson City and the influence of special-interest groups is minimized.

Fiscal Responsibility

Corporations in Missouri are receiving tax cuts and incentive packages, while our schools remain underfunded, our healthcare costs continue to rise, and our taxes consistently increase. In addition, we’re borrowing money to pay for our crumbling roads and bridges when funds are not available.

If a large corporation receives tax cuts, the savings should be reflected in a higher wage paid to the workers. This would help strengthen the local economy where the corporation resides. We simply should not be excusing the tax responsibilities of corporations, lining the pockets of big business, in hopes that prosperity will trickle down.

A state’s budget serves as a moral contract with its citizens. As your state representative, I will be a careful steward of your tax dollars in Jefferson City and work diligently to ensure the funds are invested in ways that will improve the lives of Missouri’s hard-working families.

Reproductive Rights

Every person should have the autonomy to make decisions about their body and their life. Republicans have passed extreme abortion bans in recent years, limiting access to abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or medical need.

Mothers die from childbirth in Missouri in numbers far greater than the rest of the industrialized world, and instead of promoting healthcare, Missouri legislators have placed burdensome restrictions on it.

Republicans have gone so far as to pass legislation that costs hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend against Constitutional challenges, while at the same time blaming budget shortfalls for lack of funding for essential items like school transportation.

As your state rep, I will stand with women for the right to make the best decisions about their healthcare for their own lives.

Transparency and Ethics

Faith in government and the political process is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. As your state rep, I’ll fight to shine a light on those who conceal their donors and influence our politics with “dark money.”

Over the years, Republicans have eroded the barrier between special interests and politics. In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1, known as CLEAN MO. It capped contributions and limited the way money could move in and out of campaign coffers. Special interests have continued to find loopholes around these laws, pushing dark money further into the political process.

Ultimately, this campaign isn’t about me: It’s about providing you a strong, new voice that echoes your beliefs in state government. I want you to be proud of our campaign and the coalition we build along the way. That’s why I’ll provide you easy access to the sources of our campaign funds.

Nondiscrimination

For the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed every year, only to be blocked by Republicans. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act.

In recent years, Republicans have also passed legislation that makes it easier for employers, landlords and businesses to discriminate based on race, age, religion or gender — more so than in any other state. Missourians should not have to fear losing their jobs or being denied housing because of who they love. Such discrimination is currently completely legal in Missouri.

As your state rep, I will work for a Missouri that welcomes people regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation, and protects all people from discrimination.