Issues

  • Adoption
    • Adopt the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) nationwide. This national web-based system reduces interstate adoption wait time and cost. North Carolina, continues to use a mail-based system put in place in 1960, which leaves children in limbo while documents are mailed back and forth between up to six points of contact.
    • U.S. Customs and Immigration Services needs to include a provision for bringing adopted children into the United States by American citizens volunteering internationally. Current regulations fail to address this specific category of American worker. As a result, it can take months or years for these citizens to reenter to the United States with their legally adopted child.
  • Border Security / Trump's Wall
    • President Trump’s border wall, which would actually be a 700-mile fence, already exists.
    • The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was a Republican plan, passed by a Republican Congress, signed by a Republican President and completed by President Obama. The resulting barrier was finished in 2015.
    • The money for President Trump’s similar border fence could instead fund the careers and retirements of an extra 8000 to 13000 border patrol agents.
  • Campaign Reform
    • No more Super PACs.
    • Limit campaigns and fundraising to three months before primaries and six months before general elections. Representatives should spend time with you, not big money donors.
  • Cannabis, Drugs, Marijuana
    • I support legalization of Marijuana and will fight for federal legislation doing so. States should not have the threat of a cannabis industry shutdown on a whim by the federal government.
    • I believe that individual States should have the right to legislate cannabis as they see fit. Personally, I believe North Carolina should legalize cannabis for both medical uses as prescribed by a doctor and for recreational use with restrictions similar to alcohol.
    • The drug epidemic should be treated as a medical crisis. Addiction is a disease, not a crime.
    • Legislation reducing criminal drug offense sentencing should be applied retroactively.
  • Criminal Justice Reform
    • Life without parole sentences for nonviolent offenses should be abolished and applied retroactively.
    • Life without parole should be abolished for offenses committed as a juvenile and applied retroactively.
    • Sentences relating to crack cocaine and powder cocaine should be 1 for 1 and applied retroactively.
    • Appeals should be allowed based on statistical evidence of racial bias during sentencing.
    • Abolish the death penalty. It is expensive, statistically proven to be racially biased in sentencing, and diverts money from better uses, such as crime prevention.
    • Maryland found that a death penalty trial cost $1,900,000 more than a life sentence trial. That is $1,900,000, per prisoner, that could go to domestic abuse cases, crime prevention, or mental health treatment.
    • With 143 prisoners on death row, North Carolina alone may have already wasted $271,000,000 simply by allowing capital punishment.
  • Education
    • Income-based grants for infant and toddler care
    • Free education should be provided from pre-k through two years of community college.
    • Increase access to vocational training in high school. If a student is more interested in being a welder than an economist, they should have the option to make that choice. After all, vocational training leads to needed well-paying jobs.
    • Protect the income-based Pell Grants that allow students to graduate from public universities with little or no debt.
  • Environment
    • Climate Change is man-made and the United States has a moral obligation to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
    • Our commitment to the Paris Climate Accord/Agreement (predecessor Kyoto Protocol) should be unwavering.
    • We have the opportunity to lead the world in clean energy technology, which will create jobs and reduce the trade deficit.
  • Families and Children
    • Income-based grants for families to make daycare affordable to all families.
    • supports incentives for businesses to offer maternity and paternity leave.
  • Gun Control and Rights
    • Close the gun show loophole that allows sales without a background check.
    • Require states to use a national database of individuals barred from owning a firearm.
    • Allow police to temporarily remove firearms from an individual deemed a threat to others or themselves.
    • Public School districts should be free to determine which safety measures are best for their schools.
    • College Campuses should have the choice to be gun free zones.
    • Gun owners should be “well regulated” as is explicitly stated in the 2nd Amendment. Like a driver, one should be licensed following training and proof of aptitude with regard to the class of firearm they seek to own.
    • Guns owners should be required to carry insurance on their firearm. Therefore, insurance companies would set the standards, safety measures, and screenings that they see fit to prevent accidents or crimes.
    • The costs of insuring more dangerous weapons, such as assault rifles, may relegate them to only be available for storage and use inside firearm recreation facilities, as opposed to off premises.
    • With the opportunity to create a new line of business, insurance companies would be incentivized to counter NRA spending by lobbying for stricter gun regulations.
    • Require barcodes and serial numbers on a firearm’s stock, barrel, magazine, and ammunition to catalog the transfer of items in a national database. This technology exists, is inexpensive, and requires nothing more than a gun seller to scan or enter a code.
    • Require background checks on the purchase of a firearm’s stock, barrel, magazine, and ammunition. Currently, regulations only apply to gun frames.
  • Immigration

    Documented Immigration

    • The retirement systems of many developed nations are crumbling due to declining birth rates. The United States has avoided this due to higher rates of immigration that have offset our own declining birthrate.
    • Regarding competition for jobs, the current system of legal immigration creates economic benefits that increase employment for American citizens, with two exceptions. Unemployment rises for Americans with PhDs and Americans without a high school education. This can be remedied.
    • Requiring an H-1B visa auction will negate the ability for employers to use immigration as a tool to undercut highly educated American employees, such as professors.
    • An H-1B visa auction will raise revenue for vocational education and job training programs. This will ensure that those with below a high school education have increased employment. 

    Undocumented Immigration

    • We must pass the DREAM Act to provide DACA children with a pathway to citizenship.
    • Allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a ‘green card’ without having to leave the country.
    • Focus resources on detaining and deporting those who pose a violent threat.
  • Jobs and the Workplace
    • Publicly traded corporations must provide employment practices and workplace diversity statistics among its corporate filings.
    • Federal research grants to enhance algorithm-based technology that matches candidates with job openings. Absent human intervention, such technology can remove discrimination in hiring and allow Human Resources personnel to focus on preserving a fair work environment.
    • The practice of requesting a salary at a previous job must be banned! This creates a wage/salary anchoring bias against an employee.

  • LGBTQ
    • Pass the Equality Act to amend the Civil Rights Act to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
    • Ban conversion therapy for minors.
    • Transgender and all other LGBT personnel should be able to serve openly in the armed forces without fear of discrimination.
    • Support the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Additionally, I support the ‘start over strategy’ which reintroduces the amendment to add “race, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, color, and other groups.”
  • NASA and Space Exploration
    • Government Investment in technologies and research for space exploration has allowed large public knowledge database and many modern-day technologies.
    • Provides skilled jobs and inspiration for growing STEM field generation.
    • Will make effort to strengthen joint NASA projects between NASA, UNCC and UNC system.
    • Support long-term efforts for moon and Mars base colonization.
  • Racial Justice
    • Equal resources in public schools, regardless of neighborhood.
    • Allow sentencing appeals when statistical proof of bias exists.
    • Fight against voting barriers, such as ID laws and inconveniently placed polling locations.
    • Impartial Committees to draw voting districts.
    • Support the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Additionally, support the ‘start over strategy’ which reintroduces the amendment to add “race, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, color, and other groups.”
  • SESTA and FOSTA

    The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), despite their names, do not protect individuals from sex trafficking, hinder law enforcement, restrict free speech and endanger lives. As such, I strongly oppose this legislation and support its repeal.

  • Taxes
    • A dollar-by-dollar progressive tax system which removes the tax brackets that punish many workers for getting a pay raise. A worker should never have a decrease in take-home pay because of an increase in income.
    • A budget/tax system like the Trump wealth-class tax breaks that raises the national debt is essentially pushing today’s debt down the road to be recaptured from your retirement or the next generation.
    • Regarding President Trump’s tax plan, the tax cuts should have been made permanent for the lower and middle-class, not the wealthy.
  • Technology and Tech Infrastructure

    Encourage electric car initiatives and incentives to help American car companies be at the forefront of the electric revolution.

  • Trade
    • To make American companies more competitive internationally, promote trade agreements that require international partners to adhere to a minimum set of environmental policies, provide their workers with safe working conditions and pay a fair wage.
    • This allows our companies to raise wages without imposing tariffs or starting trade wars.
  • Veterans
    • All veterans should become eligible for Medicare upon discharge from the military. Not only would this put medical facilities within a reasonable distance, it would encourage local hospitals to improve veteran services.
    • Supports Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2024 Strategic Plan which addresses Physical Disability & Mental health issues.
  • Voter Rights
    • Voter ID requirements should be considered a poll tax.
    • Districts should be drawn by nonpartisan committees. I would support an amendment to the United States Constitution with this requirement.
    • Election day should be on a Sunday. Combined with early voting that runs through that Saturday, we would have an election weekend. 
    • Voting by mail, which already exists via Absentee Ballots, should be widely advertised.
    • Support the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Additionally, support the ‘start over strategy’ which reintroduces the amendment to add “race, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, color, and other groups.”
  • Women's Rights, Issues and Opportunities
    • Women have the right to make their own decisions regarding health and reproduction.
    • Protect improvements to the healthcare system that address discrimination against women.
    • Supports National Organization for Women’s stance on reproductive rights.
    • Contraception choices should be included as part of health care provider services.
    • Wants the backlog of untested Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kits addressed to prevent unarrested assailants from becoming repeat offenders.
    • Pass the Equality Act to amend the Civil Rights Act to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
    • Support the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Additionally, I support the ‘start over strategy’ which reintroduces the amendment to add “race, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, ethnicity, national origin, color, and other groups.”