Representative democracy is supposed to be of the people, for the people, and by the people.  Electing legislators who value excellent healthcare, an economy that works for everyone, clean air and water, and quality education from pre-k through college or trade school is critical in building a truly free land. Read more about where I stand on each of the important issues below.

Healthcare

American families pay more for healthcare than any other developed nation – we spent $3.65 trillion dollars in 2019 – but all this money doesn’t get us better care. When I’m elected as your representative, I’ll fight for more affordable, more equitable, and more effective healthcare in CD5. I’ll make sure we prioritize the health of Americans above the wallets of healthcare executives.

Under my leadership, we will:

  • Decrease VA wait times and increase number of facilities
  • Eliminate deductibles and co-pays
  • Decrease prescription drug costs
  •  Increase access to mental healthcare and addiction services
  • Reduce healthcare bureaucracy and make all doctors in-network
  • Increase access to home healthcare
  • Increase access to preventative care
  • Streamline disability services and ensure people get the assistance and care they need
  • Improve access to healthcare services in rural areas

 Veterans & Military Service

People who volunteer to serve in our military have to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. They should also be paid a living wage when enlisted, and given the best available treatment during and after their service to our country. When I’m elected, I’ll make sure millions of dollars in funds meant for military families and veterans aren’t diverted to a vanity border-wall project.

Under my leadership, we will:

  • Ensure no service members – including active duty or veterans – live below the poverty line
  • Raise the minimum pay of enlisted members, especially for 3+ person households
  • Vote against unnecessary wars that put our military in harms way
  • Improve transition programs to guarantee living-wage jobs for veterans entering the civilian workforce
  • Improve housing conditions of veterans and service members
  • Decrease VA wait times and increase number of facilities

Energy Independence

How we generate electricity is a matter of national security; we can’t afford to stay dependent on fossil fuels as our main source of energy.  Developing and installing renewable sources and energy storage systems will create reliable energy that doesn’t take us to war or keep us dependent on sources that will run out and pollute our air. The investment we make now will help us continue to save on our utility bills for decades to come.

Under my leadership, we will:

  • Follow Fort Carson’s lead on net-zero initiatives 
  • Expand energy efficiency education programs
  • Improve construction standards to ensure “new builds” are energy efficient
  • Invest in a reliable renewable energy infrastructure that lowers utility bills
  • Create jobs in the renewable energy sector, including for veterans re-entering the civilian workforce
  • Extend and expand federal rebate programs

The Second Amendment

“Continuing to send thoughts and prayers aren’t changing anything– it is the job of legislators to make laws that make us all safer,” said Jillian Freeland, a Democrat running for U.S. Congress in 2020.”  (KOAA)

I am a traditionalist- we need to work toward the “well-regulated” provision of the Second Amendment written by our Founding Fathers. I support universal background checks for all firearm sales, nationally standardized education and licensing programs, prohibitions for abusers, safe storage requirements, and banning equipment such as suppressors, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks.

The Economy

Our Founding Fathers said that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that requires a paycheck that actually meets a family’s needs.  The Federal Minimum Wage does not match the actual cost of living, but corporations, shareholders, and CEO’s are pocketing huge profits and avoiding taxes.  This makes average Americans pick up the bill to help families make ends meet.  The minimum wage must be raised to meet the current cost of living and adjusted every year for inflation. Corporations must pay their taxes.  

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country…. By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.” (1933,  Statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act)

Election Reform

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs the Federal Election Commission declared that corporations have the same rights as actual people, so they can spend money to influence elections. It does not protect Americans who don’t have millions to spend on elections- when you’re struggling to put food on the table because your job doesn’t pay a decent wage, even finding ten bucks to give to a campaign is a struggle. This makes the government work for the companies and rich people who already have money, not protect those who need it most.  We need a constitutional  amendment to clean up our elections; it should include a nationwide mail ballot system with automatic voter registration, and elections should be publicly financed.  Removing fundraising as part of the campaign process will give candidates time to talk to constituents and work on legislation when they’re in Washington D.C. instead of wooing donors and lobbyists.

Education

Everyone needs excellent public education from preschool through college or trade school, and getting an education should not hurt anyone’s financial well-being. High quality, debt-free education will create a stronger economy and reduce burdens on families and the government.  Eliminating student debt will be a huge benefit to our economy since people will be able to get better jobs and invest the money currently going toward loan payments in a home, starting a family, or saving for retirement.

Political Accountability

Congress needs a database that voters can search to make sure that our representatives actually address the messages we send.  Every call, postcard, and email needs to be sorted into a system that can be easily viewed by the public while protecting constituents’ privacy.   If we can see what the voters are asking for and compare it to what our representatives are doing, we can make better choices about who we vote to keep in office. 

Reproductive Rights

Reproductive health is private, and all decisions are made by the person and their doctor. Reorganizing our healthcare to a national system will remove the burden some religious employers experience because of their personal religious beliefs.

People who do not support abortion will be happy to hear that providing education and contraception is very effective for reducing unwanted pregnancy and abortion; we proved it right here at home with the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. “The CFPI drove a 50 percent reduction in teen births and abortions, avoided nearly $70 million in public assistance costs and empowered thousands of young women to make their own choices on when or whether to start a family.” Laws that block access to abortion don’t reduce the number that happen, they only move them out of the safe doctor’s office and into a back alley.
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LGBTQ+ Rights

Marriage is a civil right, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is unacceptable.  Personal beliefs are not an excuse to refuse services or employment.

Transgender individuals who wish to serve our country in the US military should be welcomed with the same gratitude that other volunteers receive. 

Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants; the  policy of imprisoning asylum seekers and separating families arriving at our southern border is cruel. These people are fleeing violence and poverty to make a better life for their families, and it is much more American to welcome them and hire enough personnel to process their claims efficiently than spending $3 billion dollars a year to jail them and rip apart families.    Immigration reform has to include a path to citizenship for childhood arrivals, and we can’t accept the Trump administration illegally seizing Americans’ private property and stealing funds from other programs to “build the wall.”

Prison Systems

America spends more than $75 billion dollars on prisons every year- that’s $10 billion more than we spend on education. A successful prison system has to work to make sure that people do not return after serving their sentence; running prisons for profit does not motivate providers to reduce repeat offenders or provide education that gets people employed and contributing to society. We have to stop treating addiction and mental illness as a crime and address the justice department decisions that lock up more minorities than white people who commit the same crimes.

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