I’ll approach Congress just like I approach my lab work. See a problem, collaborate to find a logical solution, then get the job done. These are the problems at the forefront of my agenda.
It is clear we need common sense gun regulation for the public safety and I strongly believe that Constitution authorizes such regulation. The Supreme Court itself has acknowledged that the right to gun ownership is not without limits. I believe that we must strengthen our background check system, close loopholes in existing laws and we must create new legislation more strident in the banning of military-style and semi-automatic assault weapons or adapters allowing other guns to be manipulated into rapid-firing weapons.
Our foreign policy must focus on international relations. In the future we must conduct our foreign affairs with statesmanship and diplomacy. If we truly want to protect the security and welfare of our citizens, and our standing in world affairs then we must lead by an example of how we treat our citizens at home and in how we treat the peoples of foreign nations.
Economic justice is intersectional with racial justice, feminism, and environmental protection. You cannot truly protect a vulnerable population without providing them the means to financial independence and to have their basic needs met.
The foundation of our society lies in the education of our future generations. Our children deserve access to quality education at an early age. Currently, our educational system sets students up for failure rather than success. Overcrowded schools, expensive childcare and a lack of affordable higher education are leaving American families without a quality education.
We need large scale campaign and campaign finance reform to fix this mess. Ordinary people with jobs and families should be able to run for office, win and represent their neighbors, not just millionaires with millionaire friends. And elections should be easier to vote in!
Healthcare is the major issue today and while the Republicans may have recently postponed their assault on all we have gained through the ACA, we as Democrats must face up to the fact that unless we boldly improve upon the ACA, then there will always be Republican attacks on the ACA.
I’m running in order to save our environment, because science says it needs saving. I’m running because congress needs someone who knows how to protect our fields, streams, and backyards from pollutants and toxic industry practices. We need an advocate for our children and for preventative long term solutions that look beyond the next election cycle.