As Americans and Fellow Human Beings
I believe in the vision of our founding fathers, that government is meant to secure our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As such, I believe each of us:
Although improvements have been made in the past five years, especially with LCAP, aspects of our public education system are still outdated and archaic. We need our publicly funded schools to provide flexibility and choice to students and families. Charter schools have their unique place in our communities, but they should not supplant what the public school system has the potential to provide to our students. Our focus and energy should be spent on bolstering our public schools and their capacity to serve all the unique needs of individual students, and not allowing money to be siphoned out of public education which weakens our school systems disproportionately, further marginalizing our most vulnerable student populations.
Growing up as a 4th generation resident in Chester, I have witnessed how rural communities of the Northstate have been disenfranchised by California State politics and private parties for too long. Outside of education, we need comprehensive sustainable holistic land management reform to boost our local economies, clean up our forests and watersheds, support timber, range, and agricultural industry, and reduce our risks of catastrophic wildfire and flooding. Healthcare across the reaches of our district is insufficient and our people do not have adequate access to affordable quality healthcare services. Our education, infrastructure, emergency, and public support services are underfunded due to the state’s disproportionate funding formulas, favoring urban conditions and not taking into account the difficulties that rural families face.
Affordable housing is inaccessible or unacceptable for many of our working families, people on fixed incomes, and other struggling individuals and it is particularly hurting our elderly, veterans, and other disadvantaged populations. We need leadership at the local and state levels to represent and fight for our rural communities.