This pandemic has highlighted our need for better leadership in government. I’m a candidate for US Senate in Iowa and we’re going to help flip the US Senate in 2020. In 2016, I was shocked and disgusted at who was elected as president. So shocked and disgusted that even though I never thought I’d run for office, I went and signed up for a boot camp for women interested in running.
At that event in January 2017, I decided to run for US Senate in Iowa, to replace Joni Ernst. Even if you don’t live in Iowa, you may know her from her support of this president and the NRA, and her failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act because it would close the “boyfriend loophole” and allow abusers to have firearms.
Because our By The People, For The People campaign will be funded only by donors like you, and *never* by corporate PACS, the NRA or the Koch Brothers, I won’t be influenced by lobbyists and companies whose only interest is increasing their wealth. Instead, I’ll be representing the majority: you and Iowans who deserve better representation than you’ve been receiving.
What I’ve seen from Washington D.C. the last couple of years is the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer and the middle class shrinking. We need more people from working-class backgrounds serving in government, representing the majority of us and not mega-corporations. So I’m running for United States Senate.
Living in rural Iowa and raising my son, I saw the furniture, clothing, shoe stores, and other businesses on the square close after fast-food chains and mega-stores moved in.
I saw farmers struggle with increasing costs while being paid less for crops, with fewer companies from which to purchase seed and being treated unfairly as our current president enacts tariff after tariff, harming family farms. Iowans want and deserve a level playing field and a real chance at thriving small towns and thriving cities.
I’ve seen medical insurance premiums, mine included, rise to the point that families are paying more for medical insurance than for housing. Many simply can’t afford insurance anymore, let alone co-pays and deductibles that rise every year. Medical costs are bankrupting families or forcing them to spend their life savings. It’s not right, that in the wealthiest nation on earth, this is happening.
We – the majority — the not-wealthy or well-connected, should be better represented in congress that we are. Until and unless there is true economic, racial and gender diversity in congress, things won’t change.
Just a sampling from her Issues page:
Create farm bills that support small and medium farm operations and end subsidies for corporate agriculture.
Introduce incentives for sustainable and regenerative agriculture, crop diversification, carbon capture, and farm cooperatives.
Introduce incentives to decrease soil erosion and support clean water initiatives.
Enforce antitrust laws to create a level playing field for small and medium-sized farms.
Guarantee farm equipment repair rights.
Enact a moratorium on new or expanded CAFOs.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Work toward publicly funded elections.
End Citizens United and remove all dark money from politics, and ensure transparency in all political donations.
Ban former elected officials from becoming lobbyists.
Enact The Green New Deal.
Rejoin the Paris Accord.
Enforce The Clean Air & Water Act.
Support a fair and good transition for workers to climate friendly industries by
Enacting a Green Manufacturing Plan.
Enacting the Solutionary Rail Plan.
Enacting a Green Infrastructure Plan.
Universal, single-payer healthcare which:
Includes dental, hearing, vision, and home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, prescription drugs, and more.
Ensures sufficient reimbursement rates for the sustainability of rural healthcare.
Creates a fair transition for healthcare workers.
Allow the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices.
Federally legalize medical cannabis and fund research into its potential uses
Respect and empower tribal sovereignty.
Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act and expand tribal jurisdiction over sexual assault cases.
Honor past treaty obligations.
Honor tribal land and water rights.
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