An estimated 30,000 residents of Hamilton County have no health insurance at all, and many more have health insurance but can’t afford high premiums and copayments.
Healthcare is a human right, and I will fight to ensure all Hoosiers get the care they need. I will fight any attempts to cap or block critical funding for the Healthy Indiana Plan or HIP 2.0. I will fight any move to privatize or “voucherize” Medicare.
But we must go beyond the status quo, which leaves too many Hoosiers behind. We need major investments in community health care centers, expansion of covered mental health and addiction treatment, and to fight corporate pharmaceutical giants who put profits ahead of patients.
Indiana should work for everyone, not just a few at the top.
The state has not raised the minimum wage beyond the federal starvation wage of $7.25/hour in more than a decade, even as other nearby states have passed increases to their minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Indiana’s anti-union law (“right to work” for less) hurts workers by gutting hard-fought-for union protections.
Hoosier families deserve a living wage and a seat at the table. I will fight for a living wage of $15/hour indexed to inflation and will work to make sure every Hoosier has a right to band together with fellow workers to bargain for better wages and working conditions.
I will also work to level the playing field so that large employers whose profit centers are far outside Indiana don’t have an unfair advantage against local businesses. Indiana should provide better incentives for homegrown small businesses and worker-owned cooperative enterprises so that workers have a voice and a stake in their companies and communities.
Women’s rights are human rights. I support pay equity, paid family and medical leave, workplace rights, and increased protection for women against domestic violence and sexual assault.
I do not believe it should be the role of government to deny women reproductive freedom, nor should it be the role of state and federal lawmakers to get in the way of private, deeply personal decisions women make about their reproductive health.
I am a pro-life progressive and I believe in a comprehensive approach to the issue of abortion. Too often, the issue has become needlessly partisan, with warring camps shouting past each other and not seeking solutions that get to the root of the matter.
As such, I do not believe the best way to reduce abortion rates is by passing laws that impose strict limits on women’s access to family planning services or abortion. These laws do nothing to change anyone’s heart or mind, let alone the often precarious economic conditions women and families face.
I believe that any society that claims to be pro-life must first provide free at the point of service prenatal and postnatal healthcare to women and affordable housing for families. I also believe in generous incentives for adoption and increased funding for community health centers, which provide needed and lifesaving care to underserved communities.
Ultimately, the role of the government should be to foster a society where abortion is rare because we’ve addressed the root causes. Passing burdensome restrictions only hardens opposition on the other side, and does nothing to solve underlying problems. In a democratic society, public discussions should lead to solutions, not decades of distrust on both sides. As a pro-life progressive, I will work to bridge the divide between pro-life conservatives and pro-choice progressives in order to build a better society for everyone.
All children deserve a great education, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents have. Indiana should fund schools equitably and ensure that every school has the staff, supplies, and training it needs so that every student, including those with special needs, can thrive.
Average teacher pay in Indiana dropped 15 percent from 2000 to 2017, the largest drop in the nation. Indiana cannot hope to educate the next generation while teachers struggle just to make ends meet.
Teachers should have the flexibility to do what’s best for their students, rather than teaching to the test, so I will fight to end high-stakes tests like iSTEP. Teachers, not bureaucrats, know best how to reach students.
Politics and ideology should never be above what’s best for students. For this reason, Hoosier taxpayer dollars shouldn’t go to fund private or for-profit schools.
Hamilton County has the highest cost of living of any county in Indiana, squeezing middle-class families and making it difficult for working-class families to even afford to live here.
I support a number of innovative policies to combat the high cost of housing. Among these policies, I would repeal antiquated and regressive property taxes and move to a land tax, putting more money in the pockets of average Hoosiers, lowering rental costs, and incentivizing higher-quality homes.
I also support cooperative ownership, public land trusts, and a public option for housing.
As utility costs skyrocket, I also support consumer-friendly legislation that ensures Hoosier ratepayers aren’t lining the pockets of for-profit utility monopolies. Unnecessary rate hikes amount to a tax on Hoosier families, paid not to their elected government but to bloated, unelected, profit-driven corporations. As opposed to the private monopolies the government has forced most Hoosiers to pay for needed services, I support worker-owned, ratepayer-run, cooperative utilities.
I also support the right of every Hoosier to generate their own electricity and will fight for legislation that will ease and speed the transition to cheaper, reliable alternative energy sources wind and solar.
Food costs should never be a burden for any Hoosier. That’s why I support community gardens and food forests, incentives to reduce food waste, and increased funding for food pantries. No Hoosier should ever go hungry, and no family should ever be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for healthcare costs, utilities, or housing.
I believe we should stop criminalizing poverty, end cash bail, abolish private prisons, and end the death penalty.
Indiana should move to decriminalize marijuana and expunge the records of nonviolent drug offenders. Drug policy for other substances should revolve around treatment, not criminalization and incarceration.
I believe in the restorative justice model. Crime causes harm and justice requires repairing that harm. The best way to figure out how to do that is through a cooperative process that allows victims, offenders, and community members to meet and talk about how to make amends. If this is not possible, other approaches would be available, but restorative justice has proven to be effective and transformational when communities have implemented it.
Even as we reform the criminal justice system, we should also work to reform the institutions that help us prevent and solve crimes. Law enforcement officers already have a difficult job in the best of circumstances. Instead of supporting our vital first responders, we’re asking them to deal with problems better addressed by healthcare professionals and social workers. This must end.
I believe we should make sure police reflect the communities they serve. I also believe police should regularly use community feedback to inform police department policies and practices.
Any institution granted the power we grant police requires accountability. That’s why I support effective civilian oversight of police.
We should be investing in crime prevention by better funding education and making sure every Hoosier has a good-paying job. We should invest in our communities, which in turn will reduce the need for policing in the first place.
Indiana sits at the crossroads of America. We need a world-class public transportation system and should end policies better suited to the middle of the last century than 2020.
Hamilton County residents, many of whom work in Indianapolis and nearby suburbs, should have more options to make commute times shorter and less expensive.
I support a repeal of Indiana’s ban on light rail service and funding for a rapid transit system. I oppose new toll roads and any measures that would disadvantage already struggling working families.
But Indiana should go further, designing walkable communities with easy access to jobs, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and shops, so that more Hoosiers can forego costly, time-consuming commutes.
Indiana has some of the nation’s most beautiful open spaces and should guard against any development that would threaten our natural environment.
We should protect our rivers, soil, and air from pollution of any kind, which threatens harm against Hoosiers who live, work, and seek recreation in our rural and undeveloped areas.
Meanwhile, the state has enormous potential for generating our own clean energy, with a combination of solar, wind, battery technology, and energy efficiency, all while providing good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.
I oppose fracking, carbon capture and sequestration, and continued taxpayer subsidies for overpriced and underperforming power plants.
As we make a just and rapid transition to a brighter energy future, we must ensure no Hoosier family is left behind. The people at the top who have lined their own pockets with tax incentives you’ve paid for should be the ones shouldering the burden of transitioning to a better energy future. Coal miners and other energy sector workers keep the lights on for Hoosiers, and they deserve better than industry CEOs who use and abuse them for their own gain. This means training for displaced workers and equitable access to renewable energy for all Hoosiers, regardless of income.
I will never take money from the fossil-fuel industry, so you’ll always know I’ll fight for you, not for industry lobbyists and moneyed special interests.
Voting is foundational to democracy, and I support efforts to make it easier for people to vote. I support repealing Indiana’s restrictive voter ID law, expanding early voting and enacting same-day voter registration.
Vote by mail offers a safe, secure way for all Hoosiers to cast their ballots. I believe no voter should be denied the right to vote in this tested and trusted manner.
I believe voters should pick their politicians, not the other way around. Gerrymandering, the process of drawing a map so politicians can rig their own elections and eliminate the need to be accountable to voters, must end. I will fight for independent redistricting.
I also supports innovations like score voting, which would eliminate the so-called “spoiler effect,” allowing voters to pick the candidate they most like without fear of helping the candidate they least like. Score voting would also encourage more options at the ballot box and give voters, not lobbyists and political parties, more power at election time.
I refuse to accept campaign contributions from any for-profit entities, including all corporate donors. I support banning corporate contributions to political candidates and establishing a system of publicly-financed elections.
Government must ensure all citizens receive equal treatment before the law, regardless of the personal convictions of any given lawmaker or government official. We should treat others the way we would wish to be treated.
I support immediately passing legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodation, public contracting, apprenticeship programs, housing, banking, and insurance on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Indiana should also immediately pass a statewide hate crimes law. No one should tolerate violence against any vulnerable community.
I fully support the Second Amendment and the right of citizens to use firearms for hunting and protection.
Even as we protect our Second Amendment rights, we must also fight to end the gun violence epidemic in our country. Like far too many communities nationwide, Noblesville has experienced this firsthand. As a community, we should address the issue head on, and not let bitter partisanship get in the way of better policies.
I support common sense reforms like universal background checks. Many other gun control policies, while often well-meaning, do little to prevent gun violence. The best way to address gun violence is by dealing with the root causes, not by curtailing the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Firearms don’t cause violence. Social pressures cause violence. These include alienation, social dislocation, and a lack of human connection and solidarity.
Economic desperation and changing demographics, leading to anger, hopelessness, and loss of power, coupled with reactionary politics that try to explain all of the above by turning people against each other, have also contributed to gun violence.
A lack of universal healthcare, making support and mental healthcare inaccessible for anyone who cannot afford it, also contributes to gun violence, though it’s important to note the vast majority of mentally ill people are not a risk for causing violence, but rather at an increased risk of being victimized.
I will fight to address these root causes so that no community or family has to deal with the tragic consequences of gun violence.
For too long, family farms have lost out to large agribusiness interests that extract our rural resources for profit.
I will fight so that family farms have a level playing field and the ability to thrive.
I will work with local farmers to prevent unfair competition from national ag conglomerates and large confined-feeding operations.
I will fight back against harmful federal trade policies that hurt Hoosier farmers.
I also support giving farmers the right to repair their own equipment. Manufacturers should provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and replacement parts.