· Uniting people of different interests, convictions, and lifestyles
· Encouraging sustainable economic development
· Preserving green space
· Creating a bright future for our children
· Protecting the institutions that we hold dear
· Promoting a tax plan that doesn't burden our children
· Finding common ground - to get things done
· Working alongside my neighbors to make our community better
· Building a more inclusive, welcoming, American community in our district
INVESTING IN EDUCATION
We have great public schools in Troy and Clawson. And I’d like to keep it that way. But I’m concerned about the impact of many of the policies currently being introduced, especially funding charter schools at the expense of public education. Accessible, affordable, high-quality education is essential to closing the opportunity gap. We must ensure that students from all income levels, races, and abilities are progressing in their academic and social development. We must continue to provide a public education that values the whole child and helps them develop 21st-century skills. Children are more than test scores. We must customize programs to each child's abilities, and measure individual progress when evaluating the effectiveness of programs. Let’s focus our efforts on educating students, not taking tests.
I support legislation that 1. Gives schools more flexibility to get funds to cover necessary expenses. 2. Requires all public schools to contribute to the teacher retirement fund and return the School Aid Fund to its intended purpose of solely funding K-12 schools. I believe in a research-based education policy and support reducing class sizes, investing in early childhood education, and creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs in every high school. And of course, we must value the challenging work our teachers face each day, and provide them with the tools and resources they need to reach every child's potential for learning.
BRINGING US TOGETHER
It’s time to listen. There’s too much cynicism in our political dialogue today. We’ve focused too much on the things that divide us. Despite our differences, I truly believe we remain united by basic human needs, beliefs, and truths that transcend politics. Connection. Compassion. Opportunity. Many of our values are also in lockstep with one another. Diversity. Drive. Responsibility. Freedom. Fundamental Rights. Faith in our Nation – treating others as we would want them to treat us.
protecting our Environment
We live in a beautiful state. But I’m concerned about the environmental impact of many of the policies currently being introduced. I believe a science-based policy is critical to sustaining our planet. As a Troy Planning Commissioner, I’ve championed efforts to protect green space for our families, while also promoting growth and development. I’ve also worked with Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, a faith response to global warming, offering practical ways to put faith into action by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices that lead to a cleaner, healthier and juster world. In the end, an effective environmental policy must be built through consensus. If we want to have successful policies that balance science, economics, and social issues, we cannot approach this issue from a Republican vs. Democrat point-of-view. Listening to and understanding each other will lead to effective political partnerships and policies that encompass everyone’s interests.
fixing our infrastructure
In Michigan, infrastructure often refers to the terrible condition of our roads. Thanks to years of poor decision-making in Lansing, our roads are an embarrassment and a safety hazard. They force residents to spend millions on costly auto repairs every year. They need to be fixed, now. I prefer a long-term solution over a short-term fix: reducing weight limits on heavy trucks, holding contractors accountable for the road work they do, and increasing our overweight truck fees. From our roads to our water supply, we need to enact policy that helps everyday families. As a Troy Planning Commissioner, I have gone the extra mile to promote infrastructure that attracts residents and businesses. Making this district a place that people want to live and work is crucial to growing our tax base and creating a sustainable economy for generations to come.