Public Elected Offices Held
Committee Women, Blue Sub-District 8
BA Education/ Master’s Level Certification in Reading from UMKC and Public Services Chaplaincy from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Education is top of my list, not only because I have 44 years of experience, but also because COVID-19 has greatly affected how we educate. Schools are now required to offer online classes at all grade levels and still hold in-class sessions. Classrooms and lesson plans teachers had worked on for hours, weeks, months, and even years to organize were suddenly unusable. Even though teachers are expected to think on their feet, be flexible, extremely adaptable to change and highly creative this has been the biggest educational challenge of the 21st century! I plan to do all within my power to help them and offer their students an excellent education.
The most current challenge facing our state is how we move forward during and after a pandemic. What we put into place now will build our tomorrows. The best way to approach rebuilding Missouri's economy, public safety, health care, education, senior care, agriculture and so much more is to communicate with those in the field. As state representative, I will bring the creative ideas and any concerns from my district to the floor of the house. Team effort using state resources will be the best way to get us all back on our feet quickly.
Public Elected Offices Held
State Representative, District 21
Thomas M Cooley Law School, J.D., law.
William Jewell College, B.A., international business
There are several areas of public policy that I am committed to working on as State Representative.
One of the most pressing issues that our state faces today is COVID-19 and providing relief. The wellbeing of our citizens should be a top priority in the legislature, because COVID-19 is not going to be something that the state can bounce back from without meaningful steps being taken.
Another issue that I am passionate about is labor. As a pro-union legislator, I am ready to take all necessary actions to oppose Right-to-Work legislation. RTW will destroy collective bargaining, lower wages, and ultimately prioritize corporations over hard-working union members.
Criminal justice reform is another critical policy issue for me. As a former prosecutor and public defender, I have sadly seen firsthand how the justice system can be stacked against people of color. Justice should be served in a balanced and fair way, not with racial bias and prejudice of a with racial bias and prejudice of any
There are many issues that need to be addressed right now in the state of Missouri. With COVID-19, I am in favor of a statewide mask mandate in order to keep the virus from worsening. Also, with the pandemic, testing needs to be more widely accessible for everyone. Public health officials’ advice should be #1, because believing public health experts is not a political statement.
The challenge of healthcare is also very important. Healthcare is a right, and I believe it should be approached that way in the state government. Medicare and Medicaid are a vital part of so many Missourians’ lives. It is crucial that we look at healthcare from a standpoint where everyone deserves it, and no one should struggle or suffer because they cannot afford it. Cheaper Prescription drug costs for seniors is also very important.
For criminal justice reform, I believe that in order to achieve true reform, we must address the individual problems directly, not just “crime” as a whole, but what leads to it