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Education

I care deeply about the quality of our schools here in Alabama. As a beneficiary of public education and a parent of two young daughters who attend public school here, I am committed to supporting all our teachers and helping all our children prepare for a successful future. Too many voters in District 64 tell me that teachers are dipping into their own pockets to purchase the tools they need to do their jobs.They also report an unacceptable disparity in the quality of our schools from town to town. If elected, I will work hard to:

  • Invest in our teachers and schools with competitive compensation for educators and full funding for their classroom needs
  • Close the achievement gap in low-income communities by prioritizing early childhood education  and expanding Cradle to Pre-K programs
  • Promote dual enrollment and workforce trade programs as well as back initiatives that support those who commit to careers in service such as education or healthcare

Healthcare

I have known too many people who have struggled needlessly because they couldn’t access affordable, quality health care. Our state leaders have played politics with the health of everyday Alabamians for too long, and it has cost us tremendously. It is time that we transform our healthcare system. If elected, I will:

  • Vote to expand Medicaid thereby providing affordable coverage options for 300,000 Alabamians and creating at least 30,000 well-paying jobs. It will also help keep doors open at our rural hospitals and rural healthcare providers in our district and across the state.
  • Ensure that any policy we adopt will not discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions
  • Put an emphasis on preventative care in order to reduce long-term costs

Mental Health

My career in mental health services showed me firsthand how individuals and communities suffer when mental health services are inaccessible and underfunded. We have a responsibility to provide high-quality care to those suffering from psychiatric illness and we can no longer use our emergency rooms, jails, and prisons as mental health treatment facilities. We need to invest in quality, accessible, evidence-based mental health services for our communities now. If elected, I will:

  • Support a thorough review of state-funded mental health services to ensure that such appropriations are spent wisely and provide first-rate care
  • Support a mental health delivery system based on evidence-based practices
  • Support adequate funding levels for all evidence-based programs in order to cut costs in the increased emergency care and incarceration rates that come with inadequate community mental health services