A New Way Forward
Northeast Cedar Rapids deserves the common sense and hard work that I will bring to Des Moines for a better future for all Iowans.
Born in Oklahoma City, OK, I moved to Iowa City when I was in early elementary school. Since then, I've been proud to call this great state my home.
I attended Iowa City Regina High School, and pursued my bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, I was fortunate to meet the love of my life, Marc.
From our days at Iowa, Marc and I have fought day in and day out to build the best life possible for us and our children: Jackson, Harrison, Jefferson, and Gabriella. We went from qualifying for SNAP benefits during the early years of our family, to the life we live today. With Marc working to build his small business, I have spent over 25 years in mental health social work. Recently, I have also begun substitute teaching in the Cedar Rapids area.
With Gabriella graduating high school this past May, I have decided that it is time to take the ideals of hard work, compassion for others, and common sense we raised our family with to the Statehouse.
For too long, the incumbents in Des Moines have forgotten why they were elected, and the people they were elected to represent. However, on November 6th, that all changes. Join our team today as voters from across the 66th district fight to take back their seat from Art Staed. Because for me, it's not about politics, it's about people.
Like most families, Marc and I have a pretty simple philosophy: don't spend more than we make. Why does Des Moines think this rule doesn't apply to them? Some people say that it can't be done, that Iowa can't have lower taxes and great services, but I disagree. With a little work, we can make sure that Iowa's vital programs remain adequately funded, AND that Iowans get to take home more of their hard-earned money.
Iowa is supposed to elect "citizen-legislators" to compose the membership of the General Assembly. These legislators are supposed to pack up at the end of the session and return home to continue working their everyday jobs. To some, however, being a legislator is their ONLY job, so they will fight with all their might to keep it. Far too often, this means putting partisanship above the best interest of the people of Iowa. I make this promise though: I will never put partisanship or my job as a legislator before the people of District 66.
We cannot forget our youth in discussions about mental health. Having spent over 25 years in the mental health field, I can say confidently that Iowa has made great progress. When I get to Des Moines, however, I will continue the fight for a child-specific mental health program that addresses critical needs for our state. I've said it before and I will say it again: children are the future of our state. So let's make their health a priority.
As the spouse of a small business owner, I know how confusing, complicated, and burdening taxes can be. It's time we move forward with a simpler tax system that allows real growth and opportunity in our state. We must find a fiscally responsible way to reduce the tax burden for ALL Iowans.
Children are the future of our state, and our schools are going to give them the tools they need to push Iowa forward. For that reason, it is important that we maintain responsible funding levels for K-12 education, and that we are not afraid of this investment in Iowa's children.
It is about time we send a common sense Cedar Rapidian to the Statehouse. Having never ran for political office, I know that it is more important to do what is in the best interest of the state of people of my district, rather than what is in the best interest of reelection.
I have spent over 20 years in the field of mental health. As a social worker focusing in the areas of mental health I have seen the effects of mental illness up close and personal. This, combined with my experience in dealing with state assistance programs, has led me to the conclusion it is time to make our mental health system work better for the people it is meant to serve. This will entail three main pillars of accountability, funding, and efficiency.
Ninety-eight years af... 30 March 2018
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