Candidate for GA House District 83
 
 
 
 
 
 
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As our next State Representative, I envision a community filled with diverse, interconnected neighborhoods that are healthy and prosperous and are supported by collaborative partnerships between citizens, government, businesses, and non-profits. I promise to push for pragmatic, progressive policies that protect the dignity of people, and value equally the worker and the investor. I will ensure that you have an engaged, responsive voice fighting every day to implement the changes we all want: healthy and safe neighborhoods, ethical and transparent government, access to economic opportunity, expanded public transit, quality healthcare, and strong schools to safeguard the future of our state.

 
 

Common Sense Gun Reform

Gun violence is an epidemic in DeKalb County, and as our next State Representative I will fight every day to make every neighborhood safer. I will fight to pass common sense gun reform measures the vast majority of our community agree on. I will work to close loopholes in background checks, mandate training for responsible gun owners, and end access to high-capacity firearms. I believe until every DeKalb County resident feels safe in their home, we have more work to do.
 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

As the daughter of a life-long civil rights activist, I am proud of my record of standing up for real criminal justice reform. As our next State Representative, I will fight every day for real criminal justice reform, which includes ending our cash bail system, because being poor shouldn't be a crime. I will also fight to end for-profit prisons and probation. I will work to put an end to the school-to-prison pipeline to ensure every Georgia child has fair access to the brightest possible future.
 

Economy

I will work to improve economic mobility and financial security for every Georgian. I will start by working to end the massive income gap in metro Atlanta, which is one of the highest in the nation. As our economy expands, I will push for clean energy jobs that protect our environment and support our families. As our next State Representative, I will champion development that is supported by our neighborhoods and accurately reflects the diverse needs and culture of our community. I will fight to increase the minimum wage in Georgia to $15 per hour as a start to supporting a true living wage for our families.

Education

I am a proud parent of three now-grown children, all of whom attended DeKalb County public schools, where I was a volunteer for 18 years. I know that a strong public education system with well-paid and supported teachers, administrators and staff is the best way to ensure a bright future for our children. As our next State Representative, I will fight to end the decades-long gutting of public school funding, and push for STEAM programs in all of our schools. I will strive to make college or vocational school affordable and accessible to all children in Georgia.

Environmental Protection

I am proud to be the pro-environment candidate in this race. In 2009, my opponent, Rep. Howard Mosby, voted for the disastrous nuclear power plant, Plant Vogtle, which will cost taxpayers - IN ADVANCE - an estimated $29 billion to construct. Instead of forcing Georgia’s families and small businesses to pay for expensive, unsafe nuclear reactors, I will push for investments in solar, wind and biomass, moving the state to 100% renewables by 2035.

I will also fight for safer agricultural practices that maintain soil health and create the most nutrient-dense foods for Georgia families. And, I will work to find creative solutions to solve issues of waste and pollution.

Equality

As the daughter of a civil rights activist, I know how important it is to protect the rights and freedoms of others. That is why I am proud to stand with Georgia’s LGBTQIA community. I pledge to always vote against regressive “religious liberty” bills that legalize discrimination, and to push for protected status for all LGBTQIA folks to prevent discrimination in housing, employment, and other vital areas.

I also know that HIV is a constant threat to our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that’s why I’ll fight for more funding for our community health centers for testing and treatment, and I fully support updating our testing protocols so that we include information on antiviral treatments and life saving medications along with the current information on barriers.

Healthcare

As someone who worked in the healthcare technology industry and as a wife and mother, I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege for the wealthy. That’s why as our next State Representative I’ll fight to ensure our families and small businesses have access to quality, affordable healthcare. I will also fight to ensure that we allocate resources for mental health and addiction issues, as well as funding specifically to combat HIV/AIDS. I will be a bulwark against spending cuts from Georgia's rubber stamp Republicans. I will also fight to promote organic, local agriculture to help prevent disease, and work with farmers across Georgia to eradicate food deserts.

Immigrant Rights

I believe strongly that we are a nation of immigrants, and our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. That’s why I will fight for laws that further criminalize hate crimes, and give protections to immigrant families. I will also fight to defend DACA and to increase access to opportunity for first-generation Americans.

Transit

We can't talk about jobs if people can't get to them. As our next State Representative, I will work to expand public transit and decrease our state's expensive, polluting, and exclusive reliance on automobiles. I will create safe, healthy, accessible routes for everyone, including seniors, who rely on them to maintain their independence. As a former health technology project manager, and as a cyclist, I know that our community desperately needs more interconnected bike routes . I will work to expand our public transportation system, including more MARTA stations and bus routes, so working families have access to their next good job.

Women’s Rights

 
As our next State Representative, I know that when we ensure women have equal rights in our community, everyone benefits. For example, if Georgia were to end the gender pay gap, Georgia women would immediately have the financial resources for: more than 15 additional months of child care; one additional year of tuition and fees for a four-year public university, or the full cost of tuition and fees at a two-year community college; approximately 69 more weeks of food for her family (more than one year’s worth); nearly seven more months of mortgage and utilities payments; or more than 9.5 additional months of rent - all for no additional work. So we know what’s financially good for Georgia women is financially good for Georgia families - and that’s why as our next State Representative I’ll fight to end the gender pay gap.

I’m a proud, pro-choice candidate. I believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. In addition, affordable family planning services should be readily available in all communities. I will fight to make sure Planned Parenthood receives the funding they need, and to make sure that we have comprehensive sex education and contraception access to reduce the number of abortions that occur.