There comes a point in time when life compels you to act - to be a part of something bigger than yourself on behalf of others.
For years people have been encouraging me to push forward, push harder and rise to represent those that have no voice. These very people have been responsible for my success and made me who I am today. What is different now, however is that I have no more excuses to tell them, "not now."
As a result, with great enthusiasm, dedication, pride and humility, I am running as a Democratic challenger to Devin Nunes in California's 22nd Congressional District.
Tulare, Visalia, Fresno, Dinuba et al...we've been ignored in Washington for far, too long. We deserve a voice that will stand up for us as well as an ear that will listen. I intend to be both.
Please join my campaign as we work to show this valley can come together to solve the real issues that concern us as we make this place we call home an example the rest of the nation can follow.
We are the brightest flake of gold in the entire Golden State. We are The Central Valley.
what I STAND FOR...
We must grow and invest in good, stable jobs, green energy, and technology.
Taxes: Taxes for the middle class and small businesses must be cut, and wealthy corporations need to pay their fair share.
Jobs: We need to focus on underemployment, not just unemployment. We also need to ensure that workers, both organized and non-organized, have a seat at the table in business jobs and promote fair working conditions across the board.
Income: We must close the income gap by reducing taxes for the middle class and small businesses.
We must make a healthy lifestyle affordable, and ensure that everyone has access to healthcare through Medicare for All.
Food: We must fight the existence of food deserts, make healthy foods more affordable for low-income families, and support programs such as WIC and SNAP.
Medicare for All: I fully support Medicare for All and pledge to cosponsor it if elected to Congress. I believe that healthcare is a human right, and will ensure that we maintain access to emergency, preventative, and reproductive healthcare.
Mental Health: We must expand mental health services by guaranteeing healthcare coverage and expanding services to veterans, schools, and the criminal justice system.
We must support our troops as civilian veterans as much as we do in combat. That means properly funding and staffing the VA, improving access and visibility of care, and streamlining their transition.
Rural Veterans: Support rural veterans by improving outreach services and transportation access to regional medical facilities
Transitional Programs: Increase funding for service member transitional programs
Medical Care: Create Regional Clinics and an Aquatic Therapy Program at Fresno VA Regional Hospital
Mental Health: Extend Clay Hunt SAV Bill funding for mental health services
COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
Immigration reform must be comprehensive, compassionate, and provide a path to citizenship for undocumented Americans.
DREAM Act: I fully support the DREAM Act and would cosponsor it if elected to Congress. I also support the reinstatement of DACA.
Skilled Worker Visas: The private sector knows what they need when it comes to workers, and should be able to help dictate how we issue skilled and non-skilled worker visas.
Refugees: We should continue the American Spirit of accepting refugees, while keeping our homeland safe.
We must both protect and conserve our natural resources and fight for a greener economy to grow our communities and resist climate change.
Fracking: Fracking is destructive and devastating, and must be stopped immediately.
Climate Change: Climate change is real, and it is a humanitarian issue. We must address this global crisis through promotion of green jobs, common sense regulations, and helping businesses go green.
Green Jobs: When we choose to focus on green jobs, our economy and job opportunities grow. California already has over 550,000 advanced energy jobs, and we need to make this a national standard.
Clean Water: We must ensure every community has access to safe, clean drinking water - from Flint, Michigan to California’s Central Valley.
Water is life for us in the Central Valley.
Work with government leaders in the West as well as Washington to update our water storage and delivery systems for residential, industrial and agricultural use
Conserve our environment while making sure we put human life first
In order for education to be the great equalizer, every student should be equipped with the knowledge they need to thrive in our economy.
Higher education: We need to make sure that a higher education is within reach by eliminating access barriers based on your parents' income, your racial background, gender, or zip code.
College Affordability: California has taken a step in the right direction making 1 year of community college free, but we need to start moving towards fully-funded, tuition-free public colleges and universities.
K12: We need to ensure appropriate teacher-student ratios, support for nursing and mental health, full funding for education, universal Pre-K access, and well-rounded curriculum that includes the arts.
Teachers: As educators and professionals, no one knows more about the classroom than teachers. We must support them and take their lead, since no one else knows education better than they do.
We must lift up and support marginalized communities, restore trust and representation in our government, and protect affirmative action.
Voting: We should be making it easier for people to vote, not more difficult. Our low voter turnout rates are only made worse by restrictive laws that make voting a challenge.
Women’s Rights: I am committed to fight for equal pay, preventing sexual assault, protecting a woman's right to choose, ending human trafficking, and maintaining access to reproductive care, including birth control.
Criminal Justice: We must move towards a community policing system to restore trust. Community members should see police as people who are there to help them, not people who are there to punish them.
Bail Reform: Our pretrial system should be keeping dangerous criminals off of the streets, not keeping poor people or people of color in jail. Cash bail must be eliminated.
Marriage Equality: I support love - plain and simple. I am proud to support the LGBT+ community, and fully support marriage equality.
Poverty robs from children the ability to dream. No one should have to choose between paying for healthcare and putting food on the table.
Housing: The Housing First model has worked to eliminate veteran homelessness, and should be expanded to fight homelessness nationwide. Housing should be affordable and accessible for all people.
Poverty: I will work to improve public health and services to ensure that people who need a leg up have the resources they need, with an efficient system.