The Issues - Where I Stand
The sacrifices our brave service people make for us must be acknowledged and celebrated by affording each veteran the proper care when they return home. We must advocate for the well-being of the whole person by delivering comprehensive medical care, educational opportunities, job assistance and family support services. The distressing rate of veteran suicide is glaring evidence that we have neglected to fulfill our obligations to veterans. I am fully committed to establishing veteran’s rights and expanding programs that safeguard veterans and their families.
Gun Control and Safety
Regarding bump stocks and assault rifles: bump stocks should not be legal or available. ARs and M-4s are military grade assault rifles and need to be limited to the military or a well regulated militia. Meaning, locked up in an armory and used only for training and protecting our country in a time of war, no exceptions.
Climate change is real, and the time to act is now. We must join the rest of the planet in honoring the Paris Agreement at State or Municipal levels. We must support the scientific community and implement everyday changes to combat climate change.
Americans have the right to clean air, safe water, and the enjoyment of our natural, scenic, and beloved open spaces. We must consider environmental impact when making any development decisions, and we must fight to correct oversights made by our predecessors. I support legislation that keeps our water clean for drinking, swimming, and fishing, our air free from harmful pollutants, and our open spaces green, with thriving wildlife so our traditions and experiences of living in our great nation can be shared for generations to come.
The American healthcare system has little to do with health and everything to do with ability to pay for access to care. Americans filing for bankruptcy due to outrageous medical bills is unacceptable. Worse, Americans suffering and dying because they cannot afford insurance with adequate benefits, or afford insurance at all, is a repugnant failure of our system and wholly Un-American. We can and must do better.
I affirm healthcare as a right, not a privilege for the fortunate few. I support programs that create healthy and productive communities for District 15, for Pennsylvania, and for America.
Education is the foundation on which we build the success of future generations. We can no longer accept systems where our children are shuffled through from kindergarten through 12th Grade without providing each student tools to excel. Beginning with preschool, public education must be available and equitable for all students, regardless of school district. Every school must be afforded the resources to be academically competitive and inclusive. We must encourage and empower teachers who encourage and empower the children in our community. We must take steps to make higher education accessible and affordable for any student wishing to pursue a degree after high school.
We need only look to the Constitution as to why we must protect civil rights. Pennsylvania should be an example in the Union where we “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, common defense, general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty”, without exception. I support legislation to create communities without barriers to equality and opportunity for ALL people, regardless of race, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or citizenship status. We are a stronger District 15, a stronger Pennsylvania, and a stronger United States of America when we embrace our differences and recognize the inherent worth of every human being.