1. What do you view as the key role, and/or attributes needed for this position? What experience/attributes do you have that qualify you for this position?
A US Senator needs dignity, integrity, and witt with strong morals and values. Having the willpower to tell corporations and lobbyists that you will not except their bribes proves those attributes. I come from the Health Insurance Marketplace where I’ve seen the unexceptable income inequality and worked with immigrants on qualifying for ACA coverage. I’ve spoken with hundreds of people all across our country about their insurance and livelihoods. I was also told that I was the second largest petition gatherer for Show Me Cannabis in 2010 and have stayed involved with Cannabis reform since.
2. Why do you think you are the best person for this position? What differentiates you from your opponent(s)?
I know we can afford Medicare-For-All and helping our veterans. I know we can have affordable colleges and universities. I’m working for real criminal justice reform and busting up our farming monopolies that are slowly starving our state. I stand strongly behind unions by showing that renewable energy is the future for our country and our labor unions. I also have the attention of nursing unions because I am fighting for Universal Health care. I accept no money from corporations or lobbyists, meaning I work only for the people to secure a happy, healthy, and a successful future for all of us.
3. What do you feel are the most pressing issues currently facing this office and what plans do you have to address these issues? (please be specific)
Money in politics is the greatest issue we are facing as a country. You cannot fix any other problem correctly until money is no longer driving the discussion, and you can’t fix the problem if you are part of the problem. I have signed onto American Promise and Move to Amend, both promising that I will work to pass a constitutional amendment making it illegal to pay politicians. I live this promise by not accepting their help.
4. Describe how you work with, or will work with, others to address your priorities.
I have truth, statistics, facts, and history on my side. I tentatively listen to everyone, but will not bow to misinformation. Standing stern in the face of lies to work towards a better future. Holding listening sessions to get the voice of the people and recruiting local experts and local leaders to help craft policy and craft amendments to bills that make them a bit better for the people is an essential part of my strategy.
5. Who are your 3 largest campaign contributors? Are there donors from whom you will not accept campaign contributions?
I only accept small individual contributions.
6. Since the shooting death of Michael Brown and the national rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement, criminal justice reform has become a national topic of conversation, yet few changes have been made on a national level. If elected, will you make criminal justice reform, and racial equity, a priority in Washington? If so, how?
Yes, criminal justice reform is one of our most important platform points. Working to bring the laws in line with the will of the people should also reduce tensions between police and the public and reduce unnecessary and potentially dangerous stops, so taking actions such as descheduling cannabis will go a long way to help.
I will work to end private prisons, which our entire country feels the effects of. I will also work to instate compassion training. This is ongoing training that police officers must be a part of on a monthly or bi-monthly basis that will continually teach our officers how to handle different situations such as mental health issues, physical health issues, and children.
With this ideas and goals, we can help bring communities back together.
7. What do you believe is the biggest danger posed by the Trump administration, and how do you plan to fight it?
Fighting the current administration starts with elected officials being strong enough to stand firm against him and not accept and vote for his goals. Standing against tyranny and oppression, instead of voting for it. Finding ways to reach across the aisle without sacrificing our future.
8. Are there any issues you believe you could work with the Trump administration on? Which ones?
Trump promised he would drain the swamp, balance our trade, and bring new jobs to the country. Legislation on getting money out of politics and reducing the influence of lobbyists and SuperPACs would turn off the tap and help us truly drain the swamp. Instead of these atrocious tariffs, I could work with the president to narrowly and carefully negotiate through the currency exchange abuses, nations like China engage in, that pushes our trade out of balance, without starting damaging trade wars all over the world. And finally, a Federal Jobs Guarantee that will help him fill that campaign promise and help provide good jobs for Americans.
9. If you could ask each of your opponents one question, what would it be? (You may specify a different question for each opponent or the same question for both.)
I have only one question:
Claire McCaskill: If you truly work for the people, will you give back all of the money you’ve accepted from major corporations and work towards spreading the truth about the banking deregulations, that you voted to approve, hurting the working people of Missouri?
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