-Civil rights attorney
-US Army Honor Guard veteran
-Raised in poverty and was sometimes homeless
-Used the GI Bill to attend Wichita State University and Washburn Law
-No previous political office
Position on the Economy and Taxes:
Our economy must work for everyone. Our economic and tax policies have done nothing but stunt growth in our state and we must reverse course. Instead of slashing taxes, we need to invest in our community. Fighting homelessness, protecting small businesses, and providing job training are crucial issues that we must address to get our state back on the right track.
In addition to investing in our community, we need real tax reform. Our tax code should be a truly progressive one, where risk-takers and small businesses are rewarded for investing in growth and working families enjoy greater prosperity. Closing loopholes that big corporations use to hide money overseas and effectively pay no taxes is essential to protecting working families in America. I would advocate for a system that favors the real job creators in our country, average American consumers.
Position on Immigration:
America needs a firm and fair immigration policy that protects hardworking families but stays true to our laws. I support creating a pathway to citizenship for those who served our nation and are productive members of society.
Position on National Security:
Maintaining our nation’s security will always be a top priority for me. As a US Army veteran, I understand the challenges that our service members face every day. Our military and intelligence agencies must adapt for modern threats, like terrorism and cyber security, while also maintaining efficiency. Efficiency and effectiveness should be the mantra of our national security strategy.
Position on Health Care:
Insurance companies have a monopoly on coverage in many states, including Kansas. Allowing incredibly efficient government programs to openly compete with private insurers will force them to offer better services at lower prices, its simple common sense. We must also allow Medicare to openly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies and require the coverage of pre-existing conditions on all plans.
Reforming the VA’s healthcare structure is equally important. I’ve seen first-hand how PTSD and other ailments can adversely affect our veterans. The suicide rate among veterans is unacceptably high and we fix this. If we can afford to ship men and women across the world to defend our freedoms, we must be able to take care of those same people when they return home.
Position on Agriculture:
Farming must be protected as a way of life in Kansas. Supporting agricultural subsidies and helping family farmers earn a living is incredibly important to maintaining our role as the breadbasket of the country and the world. President Trump’s tariffs are destructive to the agricultural industry and must be rolled back. Farmers and ranchers will receive the majority of economic turmoil from a trade war with any country, this is unacceptable. I will fight for strong and fair trade policies that allow Kansas farmers to bring their goods to the free market without losing jobs to outsourcing. In addition, not passing a working Farm Bill that protects farmers is irresponsible and poses a lasting threat to our agricultural communities.
Highest Priority Issue in Office:
Campaign finance reform is my highest priority in office. Overturning the Citizens United decision and getting money out of politics will return our government to the people. No issue can be fixed until our legislators are responsible to their constituents, not their corporate donors. Currently, we have Congressmen constantly campaigning while lobbyists write our laws. This must be changed. We elect our representatives to advocate for our entire community, not just a few big businesses.
This issue includes changing the way that our elections are financed. We need public financing of elections to make sure that candidates backed by the people are elected, not candidates backed by special interests with unlimited funds. Our country and our government must be taken back from the 1% to ensure a truly free and democratic process.
Position on change in Washington?
Our political process is broken. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more worried about winning partisan battles and fulfilling promises to their corporate donors than they are about actually governing. Electing no-nonsense leaders who do not take corporate PAC money is essential to fixing this crisis. Restoring our democratic norms and civility to Washington, while cutting out corporate interests in politics is the only way to return our government back to one, of the people, by the people, and for the people.