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Rebuilding and Strengthening our Economy

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As a country, we must look forward. As a tech executive and small business owner, I know we must create well-paying jobs in emerging industries and in sectors proven to benefit local communities.  And as we rebuild our economy, that forward, long-term vision is more critical than ever. An economy built on struggling, overworked and overstressed people is not an economy that works for all of us. It cannot thrive. 

      We must:

  • Provide monthly economic relief to Americans during this crisis 
  • Expand paid parental and sick leave.
  • Raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation.
  • Protect and promote home ownership.
  • Strengthen Social Security. 
  • Invest in low-income areas with interest-free loans for small business owners.

Preserving Our Health

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I support health for all. We must protect against the attacks on our health care, while also fighting for a future where people are the priority, not profits. My family knows the pain of the system today. Due to a catastrophic health event, we are dealing with over $200K in medical debt despite having insurance. Watch our story

We must expand the ACA to cover more people and reduce costs immediately, while building out a Medicare-for-All system. We must move away from employer-based coverage. If politically it can happen quickly, I am all in. If not, due to the political divide, I will continue to fight for progress on health care every day by working to:

  • Allow anyone to buy into Medicare immediately.
  • Automatically enroll newborns in Medicare.
  • Strengthen Medicare to include dental and vision.
  • Strengthen pre-existing protections.
  • End surprise billing. 
  • Lower prescription drug prices.
  • Expand coverage and resources around mental and behavioral health.
  • Establish an independent national health data repository sharing system across states to improve efficiency and quality of care.

Immigration Policies that Work

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We can and we must have strong borders, but our approach must be compassionate and economically sound.

  • Unite families and bring diverse talent to our country.
  • Path to citizenship for Dreamers and qualifying immediate family members.
  • Protect migrant workers from labor exploitation and ensure that they are paying their fair share of taxes.

Public Education

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Our community’s financial security depends on the education of our children. If we want to attract innovation and high-paying jobs to the Valley of the Sun, we must invest in our future talent and our educators.

  • Defend our public schools and support pay raises for educators.
  • Stand up for refinancing programs for outstanding college debt.
  • Work toward eliminating student debt and making public colleges and universities free and affordable for qualifying students.
  • Invest in universal, quality, early education. 

Unrigging Elections

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Our democracy can’t be for sale. I will fight to end corruption and corporate influence over politicians and our political system. I also will work to protect and expand voter rights and improve accessibility. Read my Restoring our Voice pledge and plan here.

  • I support overturning Citizens United and eliminating super PACs.
  • I will work to ensure voting is secure. 
  • I will fight for a national automatic voter registration system.
  • I pledge to hold town halls.

Veterans

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Our veterans have fought hard to keep our country safe. They’ve taken care of our families and sacrificed their own well-being for the sake of ours. Now, it’s imperative we take care of them.

  • Increase efficiency and quality of care for all veterans.
  • Increase VA funding to hire doctors, open clinics and increase inspectors.
  • Improve veterans’ ability to choose their care.
  • Provide better mental health care, comprehensive reentry programs and affordable housing options.
  • Reunite undocumented veterans and spouses with their families.

Marijuana Reform

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I believe we should end the federal prohibition of marijuana and allow states to decide for themselves how to best regulate its use and sale. States that have legalized and regulated have seen economic booms and reductions in crime.

  • Allow states to decide for themselves how to regulate the taxation and sale of recreational marijuana. The federal government should not interfere.
  • Legalize medical marijuana nationwide. No person should be denied the medicine they need because of outdated laws.
  • Permit legal marijuana businesses to utilize traditional financial tools and banks.

Gun Safety

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We can and must be consistent with the Second Amendment and still protect our families from senseless violence. This protects responsible gun owners just as much as it does everyone. Let’s protect our rights by making sure they aren’t abused.

  • Implement background checks for every person and every transaction, no excuses.
  • End gun show loopholes for third-party sellers and loopholes online.
  • Expand gun safety training to keep families safe.
  • Fund mental care and behavioral health to curtail gun violence.
  • Enact a ban on acquiring assault weapons.
  • Establish a centralized federal database to collect all firearm sales and data for prevention and research purposes.

Renewables, Climate Change and Our Environment

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We must recognize that the freedom to live in harmony is under threat from climate change, our scientists certainly have. Since our climate is rapidly changing and humans are the cause, we must take collective responsibility to preserve our environment for future generations. Climate change is one of the greatest national security threats of our time.

  • Defend marginalized communities who too often bear the brunt of environmental degradation.
  • Expand the use of and increase investments in renewable energy.
  • End fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Implement a tax on carbon emissions.
  • End fracking and never put corporate profits ahead of our health, our state and our protected lands.
  • Lead a global effort to combat climate change and rejoin the Paris Agreement.

LGBTQ+

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Who we love should never divide us. The government shouldn’t get to decide what we do with our families. I support:
  • Upholding the constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ Americans with an Equality Amendment, passing the Equality Act.
  • Equal marriage rights including adoption, health care benefits, and hospital visitation.
  • Protections for transgender people from discrimination and violence.
  • Ensuring schools are safe for kids, no matter how they identify.
  • Banning conversion therapy.
  • Reversing the ban on transgender service members.
  • Welcoming and protecting refugees persecuted in their home countries for being LGBTQ+.

Disability Rights and Protections

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Twenty-eight years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with disabilities still struggle with accessibility to housing, transportation, employment, education and other public accommodations. Everyone, disabled or not, deserves access to these basic necessities.

     I support:

  • Strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Policies that provide equal access, prohibit discrimination and encourage fair hiring.
  • Providing quality and affordable health care for those with disabilities.

The Digital Age and Internet Rights

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Our government lacks the spirit of innovation. We are lagging behind, slow to adapt to and adopt modern technologies. If elected, I will:

  • Expand public Wi-Fi. Information is the great equalizer and we must expand access to it.
  • Fight for Net Neutrality — I support a free and open internet.
  • Set aggressive and enforceable data security standards for public and private entities, offering users control and transparency over data collection and usage.

Criminal Justice Reform

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We must ensure our justice system works to protect us all. It’s time to make real change. I will work to: 

  • Require independent federal investigation when someone is killed or seriously injured by police.
  • Reform mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders.
  • Eliminate private prisons.
  • Prioritize rehabilitation, care and treatment for inmates with substance abuse and mental illness.
  • Reduce recidivism rates with educational and vocational opportunities. 
  • Ban chokeholds 
  • Establish a national registry on complaints and law enforcement misconduct to ensure accountability.
  • End civil forfeiture and qualified immunity. 
  • Demilitarize police departments and encourage community policing.   
  • Invest in alternative emergency units, with specially trained social workers, to respond to calls involving the homeless, substance abuse and mental illness. 
  • Eliminate cash bail for nonviolent offenses.
  • Invest in training programs, testing and body cameras.

Women’s Rights

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We are the core of the family. The inequality women face and the weakening of women’s rights is a far-reaching economic issue that impacts us all. Women must be equal by every measure of the law with protections implemented where inequalities are rampant.

  • Mandate equal pay for equal work.
  • Protect a woman’s right to choose and make her own health care decisions.
  • Ensure access to contraceptives and science-based sex education.
  • End sex-based discrimination by passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
  • Protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault and gun violence by fighting for passage of the Violence Against Women Act.
As a country, we must look forward. As a tech executive and small business owner, I know we must create well-paying jobs in emerging industries and in sectors proven to benefit local communities.  And as we rebuild our economy, that forward, long-term vision is more critical than ever. An economy built on struggling, overworked and overstressed people is not an economy that works for all of us. It cannot thrive. 
 

We must:

  • Provide monthly economic relief to Americans during this crisis
  • Expand paid parental and sick leave.
  • Raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation.
  • Protect and promote home ownership.
  • Strengthen Social Security. 
  • Invest in low-income areas with interest-free loans for small business owners.

I support health for all. We must protect against the attacks on our health care, while also fighting for a future where people are the priority, not profits. My family knows the pain of the system today. Due to a catastrophic health event, we are dealing with over $200K in medical debt despite having insurance. Watch our story

We must expand the ACA to cover more people and reduce costs immediately, while building out a Medicare-for-All system. We must move away from employer-based coverage. If politically it can happen quickly, I am all in. If not, due to the political divide, I will continue to fight for progress on health care every day by working to:

  • Allow anyone to buy into Medicare immediately.
  • Automatically enroll newborns in Medicare.
  • Strengthen Medicare to include dental and vision.
  • Strengthen pre-existing protections.
  • End surprise billing. 
  • Lower prescription drug prices.
  • Expand coverage and resources around mental and behavioral health.
  • Establish an independent national health data repository sharing system across states to improve efficiency and quality of care.

We can and we must have strong borders, but our approach must be compassionate and economically sound.

  • Unite families and bring diverse talent to our country.
  • Path to citizenship for Dreamers and qualifying immediate family members.
  • Protect migrant workers from labor exploitation and ensure that they are paying their fair share of taxes.

We are the core of the family. The inequality women face and the weakening of women’s rights is a far-reaching economic issue that impacts us all. Women must be equal by every measure of the law with protections implemented where inequalities are rampant.

  • Mandate equal pay for equal work.
  • Protect a woman’s right to choose and make her own health care decisions.
  • Ensure access to contraceptives and science-based sex education.
  • End sex-based discrimination by passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
  • Protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault and gun violence by fighting for passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

Our community’s financial security depends on the education of our children. If we want to attract innovation and high-paying jobs to the Valley of the Sun, we must invest in our future talent and our educators.

  • Defend our public schools and support pay raises for educators.
  • Stand up for refinancing programs for outstanding college debt.
  • Work toward eliminating student debt and making public colleges and universities free and affordable for qualifying students.
  • Invest in universal, quality, early education. 

We can and must be consistent with the Second Amendment and still protect our families from senseless violence. This protects responsible gun owners just as much as it does everyone. Let’s protect our rights by making sure they aren’t abused.

  • Implement background checks for every person and every transaction, no excuses.
  • End gun show loopholes for third-party sellers and loopholes online.
  • Expand gun safety training to keep families safe.
  • Fund mental care and behavioral health to curtail gun violence.
  • Enact a ban on acquiring assault weapons.
  • Establish a centralized federal database to collect all firearm sales and data for prevention and research purposes.
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Our democracy can’t be for sale. I will fight to end corruption and corporate influence over politicians and our political system. I also will work to protect and expand voter rights and improve accessibility. Read my Restoring our Voice pledge and plan here.

  • I support overturning Citizens United and eliminating super PACs.
  • I will work to ensure voting booths are secure from hacks.
  • I will fight for a national automatic voter registration system.
  • I welcome term limits and town halls because I believe in representation.

Our veterans have fought hard to keep our country safe. They’ve taken care of our families and sacrificed their own well-being for the sake of ours. Now, it’s imperative we take care of them.

  • Combine existing medical systems to increase efficiency and quality of care for all veterans.
  • Increase VA funding to hire doctors, open clinics and increase inspectors.
  • Improve veterans’ ability to choose their care.
  • Provide better mental health care, comprehensive reentry programs and affordable housing options.
  • Reunite undocumented veterans and spouses with their families.
  • Pursue soft power initiatives and technological advances that protect our brave young men and women.
 

I believe we should end the federal prohibition of marijuana and allow states to decide for themselves how to best regulate its use and sale. States that have legalized and regulated have seen economic booms and reductions in crime.

  • Allow states to decide for themselves how to regulate the taxation and sale of recreational marijuana. The federal government should not interfere.
  • Legalize medical marijuana nationwide. No person should be denied the medicine they need because of outdated laws.
  • Permit legal marijuana businesses to utilize traditional financial tools and banks.

We must ensure our justice system works to protect us all. It’s time to make real change. I will work to: 
 
  • Require independent federal investigation when someone is killed or seriously injured by police.
  • Reform mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders.
  • Eliminate private prisons.
  • Prioritize rehabilitation, care and treatment for inmates with substance abuse and mental illness.
  • Reduce recidivism rates with educational and vocational opportunities. 
  • Ban chokeholds 
  • Establish a national registry on complaints and law enforcement misconduct to ensure accountability.
  • End civil forfeiture and qualified immunity. 
  • Demilitarize police departments and encourage community policing.   
  • Invest in alternative emergency units, with specially trained social workers, to respond to calls involving the homeless, substance abuse and mental illness. 
  • Eliminate cash bail for nonviolent offenses.
  • Invest in training programs, testing and body cameras.

We must recognize that the freedom to live in harmony is under threat from climate change, our scientists certainly have. Since our climate is rapidly changing and humans are the cause, we must take collective responsibility to preserve our environment for future generations. Climate change is one of the greatest national security threats of our time.

  • Defend marginalized communities who too often bear the brunt of environmental degradation.
  • Expand the use of and increase investments in renewable energy.
  • Implement a tax on carbon emissions.
  • End fracking and never put corporate profits ahead of our health, our state and our protected lands.
  • Lead a global effort to combat climate change and rejoin the Paris Agreement.

Who we love should never divide us or make us less equal. I support:

  • Upholding the constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ Americans with an Equality Amendment, passing the Equality Act.
  • Equal marriage rights including adoption, health care benefits, and hospital visitation.
  • Protections for transgender people from discrimination and violence.
  • Ensuring schools are safe for kids, no matter how they identify.
  • Banning conversion therapy.
  • Reversing the ban on transgender service members.

Twenty-eight years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Americans with disabilities still struggle with accessibility to housing, transportation, employment, education and other public accommodations. Everyone, disabled or not, deserves access to these basic necessities.

     I support:

  • Strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Policies that provide equal access, prohibit discrimination and encourage fair hiring.
  • Providing quality and affordable health care for those with disabilities.
 

Our government lacks the spirit of innovation. We are lagging behind, slow to adapt to and adopt modern technologies. If elected, I will:

  • Explore blockchain technologies to make our cities smarter, safer and more efficient while clarifying laws affecting the technology.
  • Expand public Wi-Fi. Information is the great equalizer and we must expand access to it.
  • Fight for Net Neutrality — I support a free and open internet.
  • Set aggressive and enforceable data security standards for public and private entities, offering users control and transparency over data collection and usage.