State Senate - District 17
|Why are you running for office?:||I'm running for office to represent our region, to fight for businesses, families, and taxpayers who feel bullied by Sacramento. I'm running to bring solutions and fresh ideas to our state which has been run by tax-and-spend career politicians for too long, I want to bring hope and solutions and a voice to our region.|
|What makes you qualified for the job?:||My public service has stretched over 20 years from classrooms to boardrooms and courtrooms. I've been a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working for children and their families, I've been a member of the Inmate Welfare Fund, advocating for prisoners and our justice system, and a member of the Civil Grand Jury for two terms, investigating government corruption and mismanagement. I know what it's like to fight for people in government systems that are supposed to work for them. My time in the private sector, from working as a realtor, to nonprofits, and running my own small business, has taught me how government policy translates into reality for so many of us. I am ready to bring fresh ideas to rebuild our region and help families live, work, and thrive here.|
|What are your two main priorities if you win?:||My first priority is to help small businesses and independent contractor work. Our small businesses are the beating heart of our economy, representing over 99% of businesses in California. From repealing AB5 to partnering with local communities to award grants and other support for businesses, I want to see our small businesses stay open and even grow.|
My second priority is to give parents and local school districts more authority to make decisions on behalf of our children. I believe parents, not bureaucrats hundreds of miles away, best know how to educate their children.
|How will you interact with other governments?:||Our regional governments are critical to leading our communities. I look forward to working closely with SLOCOG and other city and county leaders to bring support for infrastructure projects, long-term regional growth, and more. At the state level, I will work across the aisle to find solutions and tackle the challenges facing us. I will also work with my counterparts in Congress.|
|What are your plans to help overcome COVID-19?:||My plan for addressing COVID at the state level is first to increase transparency and information about data -- how many cases are asymptomatic, how many cases are hospitalized, and how many cases per community are fatal. I will also support opening tiers at a micro-regional level. The one-county-fits-all plan is not working to alleviate hotspots while at the same time it is crippling local economies. I will also work to support schools' efforts to create healthy ways to reopen. All of these things must be done while we continue to protect our most vulnerable, including those in nursing homes and with underlying medical conditions.|
|Which two issues are most important to you?:||As a small business owner, I am passionate about helping people start and grow their businesses. More than 6-million jobs come from small businesses in our state, and those jobs are at risk with increasing regulation and layers of taxation. From the farmer who told me he spends more time behind his computer than in his field, to the nail salon owner who is struggling to keep up with the state's yo-yoing regulations, I want our state to support small businesses, not crippling them.|
I am also passionate about mental health for our young people. COVID-19 has taken a toll on mental health across our state and I want to see resources for people to live healthy and productive lives. From training community safety officers to programs designed to equip children, I believe mental health is a vital part of community safety and the health of our region.