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  • Trent Kelly

  • Randy Mack Wadkins

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What [will you/should our nation] do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

In building a vibrant U.S. and local economy, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, job opportunities here, or something else?

What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women & minorities in the United States?

What should the federal government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

Please explain why you do or do not think it is important to reduce the role of money in American elections.

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

What are your views on gun control?

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Twitter Wadkins2018
Ultimately, we need single-payer (i.e., "Medicare for All.") That will take time to get there. In the meantime, we need to repair the ACA, not gut it.
Taxes in the US have been cut to the bone, and yet income inequality and the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" is the largest in US history. In Mississippi, we have no one in leadership with a vision for 21st century jobs. I do. I believe we can recruit high-paying, high-technology jobs in North Mississippi. They do it right next door in North Alabama. We just need leadership.
I'd like to see the Congress enact harsher penalties on businesses who are not in compliance with the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It is already federal law that women and minorities must be compensated equal to white males. That law needs to be enforced.
I believe in robust funding for public education that begins with pre-K. The state governments are failing at school funding, tending to focus on developing for-profit education. Federal funds can be used to bridge gaps until the states again begin to fulfill their responsibilities.
The "Citizens United" decision was the worst SCOTUS decision in my lifetime. It has enabled dark money from foreign governments to flow into the US elections. We need to overturn it by any means, including a constitutional amendment.
The unprecedented meddling in our 2016 elections by foreign powers should set a national priority for cybersecurity. If Americans have no faith in the integrity of our elections, our democracy is doomed. We have to put as much funding as necessary into elections security.
I am a gun owner and grew up hunting in Mississippi with my Dad. I do not support any new laws that would limit guns for personal protection or hunting. However, I am also a teacher, and well aware that we have a gun violence problem in this country. Doing nothing is not an option, but we need honest, open discussions to decide what the appropriate path forward is. I have not and will never take NRA money.
"Originally from Iuka MS (born February 14, 1965), I’ve taught chemistry at the University of Mississippi for the last 15 years. My research focuses on developing improved antitumor drugs to treat cancer.

In 2015-2016, I worked as a Science & Technology Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC where I analyzed healthcare policy for Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN, Memphis). My scientific experience gave me the ability to critically analyze complex issues, a skill that is needed to get a handle on large issues such as healthcare. I learned about the complex mess that is the current US healthcare system. I saw that Washington sorely needs representatives who can tackle complex issues that affect our lives every day.

My experience working for Congressman Cohen has inspired me to run for Congress myself, to represent my home district in Mississippi. As a son of North Mississippi, I want to be a representative who reaches out to, and listens to, his constituents, even if we might sometimes disagree. I want to write policy and laws that help improve the lives of all of us.

With your help, we can get better representation for North Mississippi.