What office are you running for?
Nevada Congressional District 2
With which party are you running for office?
June 9, 2020
Why are you running for office?
In 2007, I became my mother’s caregiver for 7 years. Towards the end of her life, we could not find a doctor in Douglas County who would accept a new Medicare patient. Finally, I convinced my own doctor to see her, but it would be another 3 weeks until her appointment. The doctor’s office called the day before her appointment to remind us. I told them she wouldn’t be coming – “she died last night.” Access to quality, affordable health care should not be dependent on your zip code, whether you are in Reno or rural Nevada. I want to work towards a universal health care system that is accessible to all of northern Nevada. That means creating a public option. But it also means expanding rural health care clinics, fully funding the Indian Health Service, and improving telemedicine. Other priorities of my office will be: bringing green jobs to Congressional District 2, protecting our public lands, strengthening unions, and rooting out corruption.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
One of the most pressing issues in Nevada is housing, and that includes homelessness. We need to align housing and climate goals. I would like to see a push for high density housing, making climate resiliency part of new developments, creating transit-oriented development, and incentivize planning that lowers commute times, diminishes reliance on personal vehicles, and lowers carbon emissions. We also must prioritize reducing homelessness. The Obama administration nearly cut veteran homelessness in half. I want to see the federal government rededicated to this cause. Additionally, I want to fully fund the Indian Housing Block Grant program, the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program program, and the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant, to assist our tribal communities. Lastly, we must focus on raising wages. I support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. Related to housing is the need to protect our public lands. In the middle of a pandemic, Mark Amodei introduced legislation to sell off tens of thousands of acres of public land for development. This is short-sighted. While I support smart development, selling public lands for development with no provisions for transit-oriented development, or planning to reduce carbon emissions is 20th century thinking for 21st century problems.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
When I speak to Nevadans, the number one issue regardless of political party is health care. Nevadans want access to affordable, quality health care. The vast majority of Americans also support things like decreasing fossil fuel reliance, LGBTQ protections, criminal justice reform, universal background checks for gun purchases, and protecting Dreamers. Decreasing the influence wealthy donors have on politics and increasing accountability of politicians will decrease partisanship. There are big and little things we can do, like ending Citizens United, barring members of Congress from holding individual stocks, and campaign finance reform. I believe that decreasing the influence of money and special interests in politics will decrease partisanship, and make candidates more accountable to their constituents, who agree on a lot of big picture issues.
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