The Priority Pyramid
Our top three issues are education, environment, and infrastructure. As a retired educator, I believe that the foundation for everything comes from a quality education. I support increasing public education funding and a transition towards making two-year degrees, including skilled labor, tuition-free for those whose families earn less than $100,000 annually.
I believe this will make Pennsylvanians more competitive as our labor market needs have changed, and making further education more accessible will help meet those ever-changing demands. We should empower our people to rise to these new challenges.
PennEnvironment’s “Trouble in the Air” report shows Lancaster had 107 unhealthy air days in 2020, while Harrisburg had 97 and Reading had 82. These are troubling statistics, but there are actions we can take to preserve our environment for generations to come. We need to empower our people to pivot to clean energy.
As education is the foundation of our campaign’s platform, I will support legislation that aids in bridging the gap between educational training and our hard-working people. Many people whose jobs are becoming obsolete, such as fossil fuel, are left to find their next position with minimal resources to transition their talents into a new field. Providing the training they desire can empower them to help us tackle the environmental challenges that impact all of us.
Last but certainly not least is Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. I will fight to make our bridges and roads safer and ensure that every Pennsylvania resident in our rural areas has access to high-speed internet. Improving our infrastructure includes saving bridges, fixing roads, and expanding our broadband to make Pennsylvania competitive.
I am a pro-choice candidate; it is more than Roe v Wade, and we must be clear — this assault by the Judiciary is on privacy, self-determination, and equality. Medical care is a personal issue for everyone, regardless of political orientation. We want access to the best care, with doctors providing their expertise during difficult times.
The overturn of Roe V Wade is a triggering event that is even bigger than many people realize. It is abortion when the woman does not choose to continue the pregnancy. It is a D & C when the viability is no longer there, and a medical professional must remove the tissue to allow the woman’s body to heal. It is an IVF treatment for couples who want a child. Republicans do not recognize the complexities of this issue and are proposing a blanket ban that will have a devastating impact.
My opponent claims that the “voters will decide” by placing these Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in 2023, the off-year primary. These elections typically attract fewer voters, and the Independent voters are unaware they can vote on constitutional questions. I will fight for the women of Pennsylvania to ensure that choice remains available.
It’s your sacred right to vote. As a veteran, I was appalled when my opponent, Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, called for overturning the 2020 election, contributing to the big lie. I support mail-in voting and will push for policies that make our elections secure but more accessible. We all should strive for and support increased participation in the electoral process. Your vote is your voice, and I want to make it easier for us to hear from you.
I support increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12.50 immediately to reach $15 an hour by 2025. The incremental increase will ensure small business owners can prepare for this transition. It’s unrealistic for us to expect anyone to live on $15,000 a year before taxes. The minimum wage is the floor for bargaining, and we can’t grow as a Commonwealth when the bar begins in poverty. Everyone deserves to start at a livable wage.
Transitional Training & Workers’ Rights
I believe it’s vital for our Commonwealth to support students in finding their unique pathway to success. As a former adjunct instructor, I can confidently say that college is not the only option for finding a rewarding career. As the School to Work coordinator under the York County Alliance for Learning, we advocated for apprenticeship and training programs for high school students. It became a reality under IBEW. We must empower the upcoming generations to tackle the challenge of pivoting to a greener economy. We must offer students educational opportunities in skilled labor and provide adequate funding and support. As your next state Senator, I will support legislation that expands technical training programs and pushes for every worker to have the opportunity to join a union.
Due to poor leadership in Harrisburg by our current elected officials, we are burdening our residents with outrageous property taxes. I support rebate programs to decrease the strain of property taxes, especially among seniors, so they do not have to sell their homes and can live in retirement with dignity and peace of mind that they won’t be priced out of their homes someday by property taxes. I will fight to ensure that wealthy corporations and the oil and gas industry pay their fair share and end soaring property taxes.
Quality & Affordable Healthcare For All
Adequate and affordable healthcare is a public resource we must provide to all working families. I support state-sponsored healthcare so every Pennsylvanian can access these services. Too many Pennsylvanians end up spending their time worrying about how they will obtain affordable health coverage. We must work towards positioning healthcare as part of our foundation. Every Pennsylvanian deserves the peace of mind that comes with having affordable healthcare.
The legalization of Recreational Marijuana is long overdue for the Commonwealth. We are missing out on this potential tax revenue as surrounding states have already taken this logical step of legalization. Conversations with citizens within the 28th senate district have proven that this is not a controversial step but something they want. We have heard that this is the consensus across the state, so we must take action. We cannot ignore our imperfect medicinal marijuana system that works for some but not all. Taking the step of recreational marijuana legalization would make this specific market more competitive and ultimately more accessible for others suffering from medical conditions but unable to afford the fees and pricing of products due to the monopoly in place.