Promoting the Common Good
BUILDING A STRONGER ECONOMY
Our economy, well-being, and resilience hinge on the health of our manufacturing, agriculture, and small business sectors. Michigan must revitalize its plants, small businesses, and farms for the good of our workers, for the good of our economy, and for the strength of our national security. I support a comprehensive economic plan designed to revitalize and protect our domestic enterprises.
PRIORITIZING WORKING FAMILIES
Working families provide the strong foundation on which Michigan’s economy is based. Unfortunately, exorbitant housing prices and steep child care costs have caused working families to struggle to pay bills and put food on the table. As such, I support policies designed to reduce child care and housing costs for working families.
Public education is the cornerstone of Michigan’s social, economic, and political structure, and it guides the development of our moral, ethical, and cultural values. Because of this, I believe that all residents should have access to either a college education or vocational school program and all adults should have access to continuing education programs. This is done by supporting a well-rounded public school system, including college-prep and vocational/technical training as well as an increase in STEM education in Pre-K-12.
PROTECTING VOTING RIGHTS
Voting is the bedrock of our democracy and should be cherished and protected. Through voting, we assert our beliefs and chart the State’s political course. As such, I oppose legislation designed to infringe on this basic right and instead support measures designed to ensure that every vote counts and that all eligible voters are able to make their voices heard.
CHAMPIONING SOCIAL JUSTICE
As stated in the United States Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal[.]” Indeed, all people are created equal regardless of their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. I celebrate this ideal while recognizing that there are inequalities that need to be remedied.
I maintain an ongoing commitment to social justice and standing up for the underserved and the unheard. To reap the benefits of diversity, Michigan must fight discrimination by breaking down barriers based on race, color, national origin, creed, economic circumstance, sex, religion, philosophy, language, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identification or expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental disability –– or any other characteristic irrelevant to ability. Michigan must instill a spirit of cooperation between cities, suburbs, and rural communities to build an inclusive society at all levels. I am committed to building these relationships and bridging the gap across political aisles to create a more equitable society.
COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM
We must do better as a country in addressing gun violence and mass shootings. Sitting around and hoping things will change is never a solution. In Michigan, there are many common sense steps we can take that will make an immediate difference and save lives. As a responsible gun owner, I understand acutely that change is needed.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Rural Michiganders understand the importance of environmental conservation. Likewise, I understand that to Michigan’s farmers, land, air, and water are more than just vacation spots or scenic beauty. They are resources essential to their businesses and, as such, require our protection. Doing so will strengthen our economy by providing our farmers with the resources that they need, while protecting the environment for future generations.
Agriculture, starting with the family farm, has always been the bedrock of Michigan's economy. As someone who grew up on a small family farm, I support a comprehensive economic plan designed to protect and nurture the already robust agricultural sector in Michigan. While politicians played the numbers game, the needs of rural Americans were neglected. These needs have not been lost on me. Farmers deserve representation and an advocate willing to fight for them in the Michigan House of Representatives. I support farmers and will advocate forcefully for policies that benefit rural Michigan.