Health care is an acute crisis. Every man, woman, and child deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Our health care system costs significantly more per capita than any other country in the developed world—and the destruction of the Affordable Care Act has real consequences for our community. Reforming our health care system is a pocketbook issue, a moral issue, and an issue of democratic accountability.
Like many families in this district, I deeply value our public schools and public education. I am the mother of a six-year-old who is enrolled in public school in Gwinnett. We must ensure that we support and invest in a world-class education system.
We need to invest in transit. I’ve heard folks in the 7th district describing their commutes as “soul-sucking.” The congestion and lack of transit options, particularly in Gwinnett, is causing the district to lose businesses who are moving to be closer to Marta.
We have lost our way as a country with respect to gun policy and it must stop now. As a mother, I keenly feel the grief of parents who have lost their children – all our children from Parkland to Orlando, from Sandy Hook to Las Vegas - and responses such as “arming our teachers” or in any way inviting more guns into our schools is sickening. We must ban bump stocks, restrict civilian access to military style assault weapons, restrict access to high capacity magazines, and make sure we have universal, comprehensive background checks, closing the gun show loophole.
Healthy democracies listen and respond to the needs of their citizens. Our current system is dangerously skewed to benefit special interests and extreme partisans. Bipartisan solutions to pressing issues like healthcare are stuck in political limbo—damaging lives and ruining futures.
Our economy here in Georgia’s 7th district should reflect our increasingly diverse and international population. To move our economy in the right direction, we need to put people first by investing in education, apprenticeships and job training programs, ensuring that health insurance is reasonably priced while providing access to quality care, giving our small businesses the tools they need to thrive, providing better public transit options, investing in our infrastructure, and ensuring a living wage.
Just as we judge prior generations for their failure to recognize human rights - I think that future generations will judge us for our failure to address the environment and climate change. I have a 6 year old son and I’ve started to think about what his future is going to look like.
We know that our diverse future and global enterprise depends on talented people from all over the world joining our community. We need a system that recognizes the value of immigrants, while protecting all workers with fair labor practices.
From a young age, my parents instilled the value of service as a key factor in my life, something I’ve never forgotten. My grandfather served in World War II, and one of our close family friends growing up was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 8 years. I am grateful to them and to all veterans who decided to give back and serve their country.
In the past 10 years, our country has taken immense steps forward to ensure equal rights for members of our LGBTQ+ communities. I am proud to have worked for Senator Ron Wyden when he became one of the first members of congress to come out in favor of marriage equality.