Just like everyone else, I am a product of my community. But my background shows that I have overcome adversity by substituting hard work for the advantages others take for granted.
I am committed to working on issues directly affecting the children for whom I advocate in my professional life. I have a strong connection to these children because I too was a child in need and I understand the importance of help. I will support legislation that will keep families together and offer more support for substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling. I believe that it is necessary to probe new ways to keep our children safe and address the needs of families.
It is my purpose to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and to defend the rights of the poor and needy. People who are hopeless are not looking for a handout; they are looking for a hand to pull themselves up. Therefore, as these individuals muster enough strength to climb out of poverty, they should have quality jobs waiting. I will support and propose programs that provide job training, education and economic growth. I will also support incentives for hiring of the unemployed, underemployed and veterans.
After graduating from Law School, I devoted much of my earnings to rehabbing my current home. My home, which was once labeled as “blighted” by the City of Evansville, is now a safe haven for my dog and I. More importantly, my house is in the heart of the community where I grew up. As the District 77 State Representative, I will combat blight by working on legislation that will not only require local governments to prevent blight, but also allow for different alternatives to demolition.
Students who attend Ivy Tech Community College should not be excluded from the Indiana University Medical Center Project simply because they cannot afford to attend the universities that have been included in the IU Medical Center Project in Evansville. I see no good reason to exclude Ivy Tech from participation in this important project, and I will work tirelessly for its inclusion.