There is nothing I am more passionate about than standing up for Alabama's children. From prenatal care, to children’s healthcare, and early education programs, every child deserves a chance to reach their God-given potential.
That’s why in 2013, I testified before Congress as a part of the team that helped restore the federal funding for child advocacy centers across the country – including those in Alabama. The truth is that our children’s voices are not heard in Washington. In Congress, I will be that voice. I will fight for an Alabama children’s platform that includes:
- Growing up strong: Children should have annual visits to the doctor to stay healthy and access to treatment when they’re sick. Dental and vision care is critical. If a kid can’t see the board, she can’t learn. And if a child has a rotten tooth, he can’t concentrate.
- Love of learning: All Alabama kids should go to a happy, safe school with teachers who are committed to their individual success.
- Focus on the future: It’s our job to be sure we are providing Alabama youth the tools they’ll need to be successful in the industries of today and tomorrow. Aeronautics, technology, chemical industries – we need to provide training and technical education to develop skills that help our children succeed in tomorrow’s economy.
- Healthy bodies, happy hearts: Working with boys and girls, we can both prevent and effectively treat childhood trauma. Child advocacy centers provide support for families facing challenges. In Congress, I will fight to increase access to family support centers in Alabama.
For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it was at my mother's dance studio, or her hair salon, I grew up with people who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. As a teen and into adulthood, I have been a vocal advocate for organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and GLAAD.
Despite significant steps forward in equality, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer Americans still lack basic legal protections in states across the country, including Alabama. The way our laws are crafted across the country leave millions of our citizens open to discrimination and uncertainty that impact their safety, their family and their way of life. Nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ+ Americans report having been discriminated against in their personal lives.
As the representative of Alabama's 3rd district, I will fight to make sure that all Alabamians are protected. I will:
- Support the Equality Act which would provide consistent and explicit non-descrimination protections for LGBT people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs and jury service.
- Support Transgender military service. Numerous foreign militaries have successfully permitted open service including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Israel. Additionally, a RAND Corporation study finds that the cost of providing medical care to transgender members of our military would be miniscule.
- Support the Do No Harm Act, which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in order to restore the original intent of the legislation by specifically exempting areas of the law where RFRA has been used to bypass federal protections.
I know how it feels to go without healthcare. For too many of us it's a difficult choice to make: to pay insurmountable premiums or take the risk of not having insurance at all. It’s terrible. And, with or without health insurance, we’re still buried in medical bills and debt.
Even after meaningful reform from both parties, people continue to die every day in our state because they are unable to afford or access quality health care. Everyone should have access to affordable care options – no matter your health history, your income, or your zip code.
We need to put the political games aside and focus on real reform that fixes what is broken and protects what is working. As your Member of Congress, I will only vote for reform efforts if they increase coverage and affordability. Specifically, I will:
- Protect improvements that have been made by both parties, such as protecting those with pre-existing conditions and removing life-time insurance caps.
- Find ways to lower costs by covering more preventive treatments like cancer screenings, while also more aggressively eliminating waste and fraud from our healthcare system.
- Fight to strengthen and expand Medicare and Medicaid, not cut them.
- Help the Center for Disease Control provide more grants for birthing centers and incentivize health care professionals to consider rural areas when considering opening practices.
- Work to dismantle healthcare costs from employment status.
- Work to make prescription drugs more affordable by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies and by requiring more transparency and accountability from pharmaceutical companies.
I’m a proud Opelika Bulldog! I spent 12 years in public school — at Auburn Early Education Center, Cary Woods, Southview Primary, Northside, Opelika Middle and Opelika High schools.
Every child deserves a good education, no matter where their parents work or where they live. It is time for education to be a national priority. I’m running for Congress to help Alabama’s kids have a better future.
Our district is home to internationally recognized schools like Tuskegee University, Jacksonville State University, Talladega College, and Auburn University, along with community and technical colleges that are of critical importance to our families, our students, our local economy and our workforce. We have to support these institutions, along with the educators that work within them. At the same time, as the cost of a college education continues to rise, the student loan debt crisis is crippling many of our community college and university graduates. We must protect the financial futures of our young people, while also ensuring that they can expect jobs with livable wages to be available upon graduation - and that those jobs will be right here at home.
I will work to:
- Raise teacher pay, protect teacher retirement, reduce classroom size, promote STEM education, and focus on critical thinking and the basics instead of forcing teachers to “teach the test." A one size fits all approach to testing is not the answer to measuring the success of our students and teachers.
- Do more to support students who do not attend a four year college by investing in our community and technical colleges, supporting job training and career readiness programs, and building more partnerships to connect high schools and community colleges to local businesses.
- Promote incentives and support for students who pursue degrees in technical education.
- Provide relief to recent college graduates by ensuring Pell Grants keep pace with 2 year college tuition and allowing those with student loans to refinance just like homeowners can refinance a home loan.
Too much money is spent to win elections – and it is drowning out the voices of regular people. Politicians line their pockets with special interest money and then trade that money for a vote that impacts all of us. Campaigns should be run by the people, for the people.
We need change. It is time our political leaders are once again accountable to the people that elect them, not the deep pocketed Corporate PAC’s that control their every vote. On the first day of my campaign I pledged not to accept corporate PAC money and be accountable only to you, my neighbors and friends. In Congress, I will support:
- A constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision that allows unlimited, untraceable, secret special interest money to flood our elections.
- Placing a cap on campaign spending. Millions of dollars are spent in the election process that could be used to stimulate our economy and better our communities.
My mom had a dream: she wanted to create a safe-haven space for kids, and also to teach dance. She transformed that dream into reality by opening a dance studio in Opelika. After the dance studio was off the ground, she expanded her reach with a beauty salon next door. It’s Alabamians like my mom who are creating jobs and opportunities for our citizens. It is time our elected officials stop accepting the status quo and fight to make it easier for our workers and business owners to succeed.
I will always fight for middle class families and small businesses. People with a vision and dream should have a real opportunity for success.
- Fight to attract industry to our state and cut red tape for small businesses.
- Increase funding for new and existing vocational and technical schools, which serve a critical role in our communities. They provide meaningful training that prepares our district to attract the best and brightest industries from around the country.
- Work with local and regional leaders to create small business hubs that provide more small businesses with resources and assistance.
- Eliminate pay discrimination and ensure everyone earns equal pay for equal work.
- Ensure rural areas have access to high-speed broadband internet so no matter where you live, you can be connected to the job of tomorrow.
- Oppose any trade bill that hurts Alabama jobs and Alabama workers. For too long, our leaders have been putting their own political agendas and futures ahead of Alabama workers. This needs to end.
I strongly believe in the 2nd amendment. Hunting has been part of my family's culture for generations, and the people of Alabama do not need laws that remove our rights to participate in our time-honored traditions. I will work diligently to protect every American's Constitutional rights.
Along with those rights, there are common sense, bi-partisan actions we can take to protect our children, while not infringing on the freedoms of our neighbors. We have an obligation to our children and schools to make our communities safer, and inaction is no longer an option. As your representative, I would support common sense reforms:
- Mental health counseling access for all
- Universal background checks for gun sales, nation-wide
- Banning bump stocks and high-capacity magazines
- Banning gun sales to suspected terrorists on the no-fly list after due process
- Establishing and improving safeguards that keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of domestic violence
The men and women that put on the uniform to protect our freedom and safety deserve the upmost respect. They put it all on the line for us.
I know this first hand – both of my grandfathers are veterans, having served our country bravely. And I have been honored to work directly with veterans over the last few years through programs that help them transition in their post military lives to be workforce ready.
Our veterans deserve the best, and we need to do more to reform the VA so they receive the treatment they deserve.