“It is time your voice, the voice of the people, was heard. It is time we move Missouri forward and pick up the pace of progress.”
The future success of our children and grandchildren is being shortchanged. Our primary and secondary schools, as well as our public universities such as UMSL, are the pathways to success, good careers, and security. I will fight to increase funding and defend public education in Missouri. I will also support pathways to success that put the focus on helping students find jobs and launch their careers.
I support universal access to affordable healthcare. I have worked in the medical field all my life and will be able to speak from the heart on the need for expanded coverage. Many Missourians earn too little to qualify for ObamaCare, but are considered too well off to qualify for Medicaid in Missouri. I will work to expand Medicaid eligibility and protect it from cuts.
I will continue to be an advocate for access to women’s health centers like Planned Parenthood and their funding. I am Pro-Choice and believe that, as a woman, I can do a better job of standing up and challenging Republican male legislators trying to dictate women’s health policies. I will also fight for equal pay and fight sexual harassment of women.
We all want to live in neighborhoods that are safe and free of violence. To do so we must address the root causes of crime. Addiction, lack of jobs for young people, gangs, hopelessness all contribute. We can give our young people hope, access to employment, cures for addiction, and alternatives to joining gangs. We can also do more to improve the quality of policing. As State Representative I have filed bills that support body/dash cams, police psychological evaluations, and diversity/sensitivity training. I also, support transparency, community policing, inclusive engagement, and community service for minor offenses in lieu of jail.
Attracting and retaining good jobs, ones that pay a living wage, is one of my top priorities. Those who want to start their own small businesses and entrepreneurs with the next big idea, must have assistance to get their dreams off the ground. The St. Louis area is becoming a center for innovation and the State of Missouri needs to support this economic engine and help us build tomorrow’s jobs.
Defending Missouri Working Families
I support the repeal of Right-To-Work through a vote of the people and will oppose all efforts by the Republican controlled Missouri General Assembly to pass additional laws to hurt workers and lower wages. I will vigorously defend Missouri’s labor unions, protect prevailing wage laws, workers’ compensation, and our working families.
Social and Economic Justice
I support raising the minimum wage so those who work hard for a living can afford to support their own families and make ends meet. We must also make sure than minor police records, when our young people have experienced racial profiling, are not used to keep them from gaining meaningful employment. We must also make sure that racial profiling and abuses of the justice system do not continue to incarcerate people for their inability to pay excessive fines.
I fought to dismantle SJR39, a bill that would have had a very negative impact on the LGBT community. Here is a short YouTube video of that debate. As State Senator, I will continue the fight for equality for all and to expand anti-discrimination protection.
I will defend those programs that help our seniors. I will also look for ways to freeze property tax assessments for those over 65 to help them be able to afford to stay in their own homes
Republicans in Missouri are trying to deny people their right to vote. Attempts at voter suppression are on the rise. I will fight to see that no one in Missouri is denied this right.