Issues & Priorities

HEALTHCARE

As a cardiac care nurse, healthcare is front of mind for me because I’ve seen it firsthand. It’s also hugely important in this race in particular because my opponent chairs the Health and Human Services Committee. So, if you want to see change, our district is a great place to start. 

Access & Costs

There are roughly 400,000 Georgians who would be covered under Medicaid tomorrow if we took federal funding. It’s funding that 37 other states signed on to accept, with Georgia a needless, stubborn holdout. And in case you think this isn’t an East Cobb issue, 2,600 of those live in district. These are neighbors who we have a moral imperative to help. It’s also bad economics not to. When people are uninsured, they wait to seek care. Then conditions worsen and ultimately, bills go up. And when the bill comes, it’s on you to pay for it.   

 

Even for those who are covered, I think we would all agree that insurance companies are too difficult to deal with and prescription drugs too expensive. That comes down to leadership. Special interests have cozied up to our elected officials and receive too little pushback. I’d take the message to the Capitol that the status quo isn’t working for East Cobb any longer.  

 

Women’s Rights

The “heartbeat bill” that passed last year bans abortions after 5 weeks. Most women don’t even know they’re pregnant by then. In effect, they’ve completely taken away a woman’s right to consult her doctor and choose. The legislation also handles special circumstances like sexual assault in a heartless way. I’ll stand by women against these types of draconian laws. I’ll stand with patients and their doctors, who don’t need the government getting between them. 

EDUCATION

Public Schools

Education is particularly important to Cobb. So many of us moved to this area attracted by the promise of our public schools. They are some of the finest in the state and have come to be a defining feature of our community. I want you to know that as a parent of two graduates of Cobb schools, that I will do everything in my power to stop state leaders from lumping our children’s futures in with sweeping budget cuts they wish to make elsewhere. 

 

Paying for College

The cost of four-year universities has created a national crisis. Tuition has shot up. That means that as parents, if we want to help pay for our kids’ education, it’s going to be far more expensive than most of us bargained for. Or, if it’s on students, they start their careers knowing that they’ve got a mountain of debt to pay off. 

I can’t fix this systemic issue all by myself, particularly at the state level. But I can do my utmost to reinvigorate the HOPE scholarship program and make things a little bit easier here at home. So many of us here in East Cobb are graduates of state universities and products of HOPE. Our children following suit should be something we strive to put within their grasp. 
 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE

There are 195 sovereign nations in the world. Roughly 194 ½ of them agree that climate change is real, with Republican officials in America the notable exception. Deep down, they know they’re wrong. They see the same things we do – rising temperatures, more frequent natural disasters. But they’re not changing their tune for partisan reasons, and that’s really disappointing.

 

For Cobb, it means unlined coal ash ponds next to the Chattahoochee River. It means carcinogenic ethylene oxide emissions next to an elementary school. Our representatives are letting these things go on with little sign of acting. We deserve better. Elect me, and I would try to first address the challenges immediately facing us. Then, I’d begin building a coalition to discuss concrete steps towards legislation that, while being mindful of our economy, has a serious, far reaching impact in tackling climate issues.  

 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE

There are 195 sovereign nations in the world. Roughly 194 ½ of them agree that climate change is real, with Republican officials in America the notable exception. Deep down, they know they’re wrong. They see the same things we do – rising temperatures, more frequent natural disasters. But they’re not changing their tune for partisan reasons, and that’s really disappointing.

 

For Cobb, it means unlined coal ash ponds next to the Chattahoochee River. It means carcinogenic ethylene oxide emissions next to an elementary school. Our representatives are letting these things go on with little sign of acting. We deserve better. Elect me, and I would try to first address the challenges immediately facing us. Then, I’d begin building a coalition to discuss concrete steps towards legislation that, while being mindful of our economy, has a serious, far reaching impact in tackling climate issues.  

 

VOTING RIGHTS

We all have a right to have our voices heard and take part in the Democratic process. If you feel that your right to vote is in doubt, then your government is failing you. Unfortunately, that’s how many Georgians feel at the moment. 

 

Statewide, people are concerned with purges of voter rolls -- with minority communities singled out in particular. We are concerned about the recently passed bill that automates the whole process and opens our system up to election tampering. Here in Cobb, there’s a more immediate challenge. Our early voting system puts an unreasonable burden on you. For many in district, the drive is 30-45 minutes to get to a polling place for those looking to get ahead of the lines on Election Day. That’s not good enough. 

I would push for same day voter registration, so that I don’t have to hear from another resident that they showed up to vote and were told they couldn’t. I would push for a study into our system to safeguard its integrity. And I would interface with the County government to figure out how we can work together to open more early voting locations. 
 

EQUALITY & SAFETY

Our state legislature passed a school safety law that doesn’t have the word “gun” in it, at a time when people don’t feel safe going to the movies or dropping their kids off at school. We pass abortion bills that turn women into second class citizens. Multiple leaders have endorsed so-called “religious freedom” bills, which make our LGBTQ community feel unwelcome in their neighborhoods and communities. Put simply, the General Assembly has been writing and passing law after law that no one sent them there to enact. It shows that they are either out of step with their constituents or they’re just willfully ignoring them because special interests or a partisan agenda makes that expedient. I’m not ok with that. You shouldn’t be either. It’s past time that we elected candidates willing to stand up for women, for children, for LGBTQ Georgians, for everyone who is being persecuted. 

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