- Owner of a financial consulting firm
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baker University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration
- Current school board member
Married with three sons.
What one specific issue do you think deserves your immediate attention in Washington, and how do you plan to address it?
Money in politics has shifted the power away from the will of the people. We need to end corruption in Washington by getting special interest money out of politics. We can turn this around with a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling, which allowed special interests to sink endless dollars into political campaigns in exchange for friendly votes. We also need campaign finance reform, including an end to PAC money donations by lobbyists. Once we get rid of big money in politics, we get rid of politicians’ motivation to listen to lobbyists instead of their constituents.
Please provide a one to two paragraph explanation of your stance on each of the following: Immigration, Health Care, Economic Issues, Foreign Policy.
There is too much misleading information about the immigration issues in our country. A significant portion of the people here illegally did illegally cross our borders. They came here on visas that have since expired. Among illegal immigrants, most are very much like any everyday American. They want to work and create a better situation for themselves and their families. The talk I hear about building walls and rounding up immigrants from their houses is not in line with the America I know and love.
We need to create a path to citizenship that allows those who are already here the ability to become fully integrated, which means paying taxes like any other citizen and fully contributing to the economy. We also need to increase border control for the sake of public safety and do a better job of knowing who is entering our country. I also believe that anyone here illegally who commits a crime should be punished according to the legal system, and deported.
The Affordable Care Act simply didn’t make health care affordable for many Americans. Many of us have seen our premiums increase since it passed. For the millions of Americans getting coverage through their employer, very little has changed. I do support certain aspects of the ACA, such as the end of lifetime maximums, and pre-existing condition denials. However, the system is still broken.
We need to limit pharmaceutical patents to encourage more competition in the marketplace, which will avoid price gouging situations, such as what we saw with the EpiPen. We also need pricing transparency throughout the entire process. Health care is one of the most costly, important industries in which we are consumers, yet we are forced into a system where pricing is not made available to us. Providers and insurers must provide pricing information so that we can make educated decisions as consumers.
The economy thrives when money is in the hands of the middle class. Right now, extremists in Congress are working to give all the breaks to the top 1% of income earners, using the misleading term “job creators.” They do this because those people, industries and corporations are paying millions to finance the campaigns of career politicians, like my opponent Congresswoman Jenkins. It’s an abhorrent practice that leaves hard-working Americans struggling to make ends meet.
We need a fairer tax system where those earning over $200,000 per year, and large corporations, are paying their fair share into the system. Giving these groups tax breaks only keeps our nation’s wealth concentrated at the top, leaving the middle class treading water. The middle class should be paying very little in income tax, and should see an increase in wages. The middle class is the backbone of this country, and their spending is what feeds the economy and allows it to grow. When the middle class has money to spend, profits go up, jobs are created, and we live in a safer, more prosperous society.
We have too many issues at home that need addressed to be spreading our resources too thin around the world. I oppose “boots on the ground” movements in the war on terror and in places like Syria, as this frequently leads to long occupations, which result in the loss of American soldiers. Terrorists want more American soldiers in the Middle East, both as targets and recruiting tools. I don’t want our brave men and women put at risk for the sake of long occupations with no definitive, attainable end game.
With that said, ISIS needs to be eradicated. We must do this through increased, focused strikes on their territorial holdings, weapons stockpiles, and leaders. We need to cut them off strategically, and leave them without resources with which to recruit and fight.
This election season has seen a lot of divisiveness. If elected, how do you propose working with the other party to address the issues facing Kansans today?
My promise to Kansans in the Second District is to work for policies that will benefit us, regardless of which side of the aisle wrote them. While there may be a letter by name on the ballot, I identify as a person first, not a member of a specific party. I pledge to work with those in Congress who are working to get policies passed for the people, not for special interest groups at the expense of people. I don’t care whether an elected official is a Republican, Democrat, or anything else. We should all have the same goal of creating a better world for ourselves and our children.
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