Safety and Security
As the daughter of a police officer, I understand the essential services that our law enforcement officials provide for us on a daily basis. We need to prioritize the needs of our peace officers so that they can protect our communities, while also addressing the underlying causes of crime, such as poverty.
We must put our heads down and enforce an immigration policy that is both tough and smart, but the politicians in Washington are holding us back by choosing to put their political parties over what’s best for us. Any immigration policy must start with securing our borders, but let’s not waste money and time on things that don’t work.
Our safety and our security must come first, every time.
Rebuilding the middle class
Last year, the wealthiest 10% of families in the US held 76% of the total wealth in our country, while the bottom half of the population accounted for just 1%. We need to close that gap, and ensure that the wealthy pay at least the same percentage of their income in taxes as the rest of us do. We are never going to see a thriving middle class in this country until we solve this problem.
At the federal level, we should create incentives for local governments to attract and retain industries and employers that make the most sense for that community, provided they demonstrate public-private partnerships to train and hire local community members in living-wage jobs.
Small businesses employ most Americans, especially in this district, but they are largely ignored in policy decisions and corporations gain the most in terms of tax cuts and regulatory relief. My sister owns a small business in Santa Clarita, and I have watched the struggles she has faced at every step of the process. These struggles are not unique to her, they’re indicative of the hurdles every small business owner in our district must grapple with. If we expect small businesses to continue to succeed and be a beacon for local American jobs, we must provide them with the tools to flourish.
The growing homelessness crisis is a direct result of the shortage of affordable housing and skyrocketing rents in our communities. Through my experience at PATH, I also know that homelessness disproportionately affects people of color, survivors of domestic violence, single-parent households, and veterans –– all populations we must do better in serving.
If we worked towards making our tax system more equitable, we would have all the resources we’d need to invest in rebuilding the middle class and ensuring a strong future for our country.
Our ability to defend our American values is dependent on a health care system that is affordable and accessible for everyone. It’s up to our government to ensure health care that protects all of us is there when we need it most. For me, that was when my little brother, Danny, reached out to get help for his addiction and when my husband, Kenny, sought emergency care for his lung which had unexpectedly collapsed right before our wedding. For everyone without insurance in our district, seeking life-saving medical attention can ruin credit and financial freedom, forever. While Kenny and I started our lives together with $200,000 in medical debt, we were able to move in with his parents while we got on our feet, but so many members of our community don’t have that support.
My experiences navigating our health care system led me to commit so much of my time at PATH to working on California’s Medicaid expansion which brought coverage to 13.5 million Californians –– I will use that experience to craft a system that works for us all.
Where we’re from, we take care of our own. Whether that’s providing rehabilitation to those experiencing a substance abuse disorder, or a little extra support for families serving as caretakers for our aging seniors, as a community, we deserve a system we can all afford.
Our representatives are elected to make us the priority, but instead, Washington politicians make decisions that benefit their party leaders, special interests and billionaire donors. From day one, I said I wouldn’t take corporate money — I am running to represent you, not the extremely wealthy or the big businesses they control. If we want a government that fights for the will of the people and not special interests, we have to reform the way in which we finance our campaigns and we must hold our elected leaders accountable.
I wasn’t born into a political family and I never planned on running for office. I have spent my life as a public servant, committed to solving tough problems with bold and practical solutions. I’m looking to serve the community I was raised in because we deserve a real voice in Congress, who you can count on to represent our best interests.
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