Healthcare

Healthcare is a right that should be guaranteed to all West Tennesseans. Getting the care you need shouldn’t depend on where you live, or the political winds in Washington or Nashville. We need a long-term solution to provide affordable healthcare in this country. Part of that includes expanding Medicare so that we don’t see any more rural hospital closures in West Tennessee.

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Jobs

West Tennesseans know how to work hard, but for too long we’ve seen jobs leave our district. To bring those jobs back, we need to invest in education and infrastructure and stabilize our healthcare system; we can’t expect companies to set up shop here if the community isn’t vibrant and healthy. We also need to support local businesses, develop public/private partnerships so government dollars are spent at home where they belong, and ensure that everyone who wants to work can find a job that will pay them a living wage.

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National Debt

The recent tax reform increased our national debt in the short and long term in order to give billions of dollars to corporate executives and shareholders. It ultimately won’t do anything to help you and me, and I’m deeply concerned about the debt we are going to leave to our children.

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Education

A great education is the building block for success in life and for our communities. I believe in giving teachers the resources they need to educate our children. I believe in fully funding early childhood education. And I believe that students of all backgrounds should be able to go as far with their education as they want to, without going into insurmountable debt.  Anything else will perpetuate the cycles of poverty and segregation that have survived for too long in this country.

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Immigration

If the immigration system isn’t working, let’s fix it instead of pointing fingers and building walls.  If we devoted a fraction of the resources we currently spend fighting illegal immigration to instead improve the system for legal immigration and naturalization, we could have a system that works, and that would remove incentives to cross the borders illegally. Until then, we must treat people with dignity, however they arrive in this country. Among other things, that means families stay together—period.

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Justice

We have serious problems in this country’s criminal justice system. Too many people are being locked up for offenses that can and should be handled in other ways. I want to break the school to prison pipeline by reducing the role of law enforcement in the education disciplinary process and providing more resources for counselors and social workers to help people stay out of trouble in the first place. Incarceration should not be a business. It should be a necessary evil that focuses on rehabilitation and getting folks ready for the future so when they get out, they stay out for good.

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Civic Life

All West Tennesseans should have the opportunity to participate in making decisions that affect their district.  I’ve offered my personal phone number to nearly everyone I’ve met during this campaign. If you feel like you’ve never had a voice in politics before, you’ll get one with me.

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Opioid Crisis

I’ve spent much of my career helping people and families who struggle with addiction and its effects. Those stories move me most of all when I hear them in West Tennessee. The epidemic of opioid and other drugs use is a pubic health crisis that we can't afford to ignore. I promise to direct all the resources I can to help provide treatment to folks struggling with addiction, and to help give them a path to success in our communities.

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The Environment

Protecting the environment and building a strong economy are not mutually exclusive. West Tennessee should be on the forefront of adopting and building booming technologies like solar and wind farms; those industries will benefit the environment and provide jobs for generations to come.

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